The Neshoba Central football team has been working out for the past week to get ready for the 2020 football season.

Schools have been shut down since March because of the coronavirus pandemic. As part of the gradual re-opening, Mississippi High School Activities Association member schools were allowed to resume workouts June 1 under stringent guidelines. Schools were given guidelines designed to stop the spread of COVID-19.

“We were glad to get back together,” Rockets Coach Patrick Schoolar said. “Our core group came back in pretty good shape. They have been working out on their own. We kept up with the through video. They were real faithful in doing it.”

During the first two weeks, teams are allowed to work on conditioning and weight lifting in order to give the players a chance to get back in shape.

Schoolar said they have been averaging around 50 players per day. They divided into groups of 16 that rotated to different stations. While one was lifting weights, another was on the game field for speed and agility training. The other was on the practice field, doing power running on the hills. When it rains, Schoolar said they worked in the gyms.

“Right now by the MHSAA rules, we are able to be working at 60 percent,” Schoolar said. “We start installing plays next week. We can go three hours every other day and we’ll be putting offensive and defensive stuff in.

“We missed spring training and we have holes to fill. We have quality kids. We just have to figure out which ones can do it.”

Schoolar said the important thing is to take care of what needs to be done.

“Last week went great,” Schoolar said. “We have had to change our workout schedule and this will be how we do it from here on out. We are a lot more efficient and we are getting a lot more done in less time.”