Nov 25, 2009 5:32 AM by Lee Douglas

Wildcats happy to practice on Thanksgiving

While most people are taking it easy on Thanksgiving morning and watching the Macy's Parade or the early NFL game, the Pueblo Central football team will be on the practice field. And the players are just fine with that

Practicing on Thanksgiving has always been a goal of high school football players because that means your team is still alive in the playoffs. The 12-0 Wildcats are the only southern Colorado team still alive and still practicing. Central plays host to 12-0 Steamboat Springs in the 3A semifinals Saturday afternoon. Getting up early to practice on Thanksgiving morning is no big deal.

Central quarterback Max Lerille told News First Sports Director Lee Douglas, "It's a special feeling because we're usually playing in that turkey bowl just for fun. But this year we get to actually play real football."

Veteran Central football coach Dave Craddock says. It's the best feeling in the world and kind of a wish come true for me and my staff and the kids so we're really excited."

Central and Steamboat Springs kick off at 1:00 p.m. Saturday at Dutch Clark Stadium. The winner advances to the 3A state championship game.




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