The long wait for football is over for the larger schools in Fort Bend County.
The five high schools in Lamar Consolidated ISD will be the first to move out of the strictly practice setting and stride closer to a game-like situation.
Elsewhere in the county, Fort Bend ISD schools started strength and conditioning again on Monday.
The LCISD schools have gone through their acclimation process to allow helmets and pads that will take them one step closer to football at the end of the month.
The University Interscholastic League will not allow a second scrimmage for the 2020 football season; thus, the area teams will move ahead with intrasquad scrimmages.
A week later, scrimmages against other teams will be allowed before the first week of actual football over Sept. 24 through the 26 for teams that have had strength and conditioning since August.
For the two Richmond schools in LCISD, Foster and George Ranch, the intrasquad scrimmages are a long time coming to help answer some questions that drills in T-shirts and shorts can not.
“This has been great,” Foster head coach Shaun McDowell said. “Now, we can start our evaluation process (this week).
“If you look good in shorts, now we add the pads and (we get to evaluate a player) with some contact in the scrimmage on Saturday.”
All LCISD schools were able to hold full strength and conditioning programs this summer within the UIL COVID guidelines, and they started the process toward padded practices on Monday.
The teams have had all of August and the start of September to work on the details.
“I think things have been slowed down a lot,” George Ranch head coach Nick Cavallo said. “Usually when August comes, you have those two weeks of preparation, the scrimmages, school and it’s bang, bang, bang before your first game.
“You feel rushed.
“This year we started in August without pads and we got that first week of school out of the way with no games.
“Now, we’re in our third week of school, and we don’t have any rust.
“We have had more time to work on more fundamentals. We’ve been going nice and slow, adding this and that along the way.”
It will be the first game-like action for many of these players since November.
There are plenty of questions to answer.
“I want to see who can be physical, and who knows what to do,” McDowell said. “If you know what to do, then we can fix how you do it.
“Has the information that we’ve been providing been retained? Do they understand what we’re trying to accomplish by knowing what to do?”
Both Foster and George Ranch had intrasquad scrimmages scheduled for Saturday.