FULSHEAR — The Fulshear High School football team will be relying heavily on underclassmen for the 2020 football season.
Inexperience is a tough hurdle to overcome on the football field and lost preparation time for the young Chargers could have made the bar to clear even higher.
It was a conundrum facing Fulshear with multiple summer strength and conditioning weeks lost due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
But the new UIL guidelines for the 2020-21 school year will allow Fulshear to get extra time back before the football season starts in September.
“Right now, it’s like we get a whole summer to work the kids out,” Fulshear head coach Oschlor Flemming said. “We have seven weeks before our first day of practice like a normal summer.
“Right now it is a plus-plus.”
Class 6A and 5A football programs will start official football practice on Sept. 7 while 4A and below will begin at the start of August.
Fulshear as the season before would have started early in 4A. The Chargers were reclassified to 5A before the 2020-2022 seasons.
“I’m excited there is still hope for a season,” Flemming said. “No matter if it pushed back, there are still 10 weeks ahead of us.
“I applicate the work that when into it for us to have that.”
On the flip side, the pushed-back start hits the Chargers hard on the schedule.
Fulshear had two games scheduled with 4A programs.
Coach Flemming will have to replace both and the moment he has one game lined up already with a team outside of the Houston area.
The Chargers still need a Week three game.
For now, the Chargers are taking the extra steps that will allow them to continue to work out and work on football-specific drills.
Fulshear was unable to have spring football it makes the most of summer workouts.
The Chargers came back from the July 4th holiday and were able to add head-to-head drills for football.
While the teams were allowed to do more, they were also expected to take more precautions.
Players, staff and coaches are to wear masks at all times when not taking part in physical activities.