COLORADO SPRINGS — There isn't a lot of things that will get a high school kid out of the house with COVID-19.
But if you say football, that same kid is dressed, bed made, homework done and out the door.
"There is defiantly a little excitement," said Pine Creek head football coach Todd Miller. "I was up at 3 o'clock in the morning ready to get on the grass."
"I think everyone is a little extra motivated right now," added senior athlete Beau Freyler. "When you lose something and don't have it, you miss it & you want it back real bad. So when you get back, you work real hard."
Thursday marked the first day of high school football practice here in Colorado after a long roller coaster offseason.
But for the Pine Creek Eagles, Thursday marked step 1 of on continuing their dominance in Southern Colorado after losing over two dozen seniors from last year like star running back David Moore III or quarterback Gavin Herberg.
"With legacy comes my turn," explained Miller. "We have a lot of guys who have waited 4 years for this opportunity"
And that opportunity could lead to another state title for the defending 4A state champs, but for now they are just happy to back on the grass.
"This is something good happening in our lives. It is something very positive and we need to build off of that."