“The kids are working hard. We have a great group of kids. They’re having fun, working hard,” Casko said.
Aside from one week of optional workouts after graduation, the Colonels have been working out and preparing for the upcoming season since school got out, until this week — the GHSA-mandated dead week in which no players can participate in sports activities.
The team has been doing workouts three days a week, getting time in the weight room as well as on the field focusing on their specific positions.
Last week the team went to Calhoun for some seven-on-seven games against host Gordon Central and Trion. Prior to that, Casko took 52 players to Carrollton to participate in a camp at the University of West Georgia hosted by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
“It was a tremendous team-building experience. We did a lot of 11-on-1, which you usually don’t get much of. There was a lot of great competition. They have a great program and seven accepted Jesus Christ,” Casko said.
After this dead week, the team will have even more to look forward to as Casko said he is still trying to organize a team trip to a two-day camp at Sprayberry in Cobb County in mid-July. The players also will take part in a youth camp Cass will host July 23 and 24.
The two days following the youth camp the Colonels will travel to Madison County High School in Gurley, Ala., for a NFL High School Player Development camp presented by the National Guard.
With one more week of workouts after the camp in Alabama, the team will have its first practice on Aug. 3, four days before school starts back up.
Casko said the camps and workouts this summer have helped to develop “very strong” leadership as the players have grown together and bonded more.
Finishing 5-5 and having 10 returning starters on offense and eight on defense, Casko said the Colonels are all working to get better at what they’ve already been doing, stressing physicality and getting stronger.