WEWAHITCHKA, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Rain forced the Wewahitchka football team indoors on Thursday, but the weather isn't dampening spirits during the first week of fall practice.
Most teams jump to pads in week two and have three weeks of practice to prepare for their jamborees, but coach Bobby Johns and the Gators are meeting deadlines a little quicker than most.
The Gators host a six team scrimmage on Saturday August 11th, one week earlier than the rest of the region.
The pressure is on to learn plays and settle battles on the depth chart, including the quarterback position.
"We've got good competition there. Not controversy, but good competition," Johns said. "We're not going to name a starter until the fist regular season game."
The battle is between last season's primary starter, Creed Pariera, and Cody Lee.
"Both of them look good in practice," Johns added. "Cody does a few things better than Creed. Cred does a few things better than Cody. The difference between the two right now is I've seen seven football games with Creed, so I know what he brings good to the table. I know what he doesn't do as well. Cody, we don't know yet. Bottom line is, we're going to play two quarterbacks."
From the intensity level during drills, to competitive depth chart battles, the entire team is treating next Saturday like it's the start of the regular season.
"It's only a half, but it's an important half for us. We had to spend more time in the month of July doing football related activities to try to make sure that that closed time schedule, we could meet that. Next week we'll be in pads, We'll only go three days in pads before we play a regular season football game. That's unusual, but it is what it is."
All six teams will play one half each. Port St. Joe starts the day against Liberty at 9 a.m., followed by Rutherford against Vernon and a clash between the hosting Gators and Blountstown.