Season officially begins today
By RYAN HERMAN
Darian Roseboro has a future most only dream of having. But, as of this evening, that future will be put on hold.
The highly-touted Lincolnton High defensive end, along with the rest of Lincoln County’s high school football players, officially begin the 2014 season today with the first official day of practice.
Lincolnton will kick off its season at 6 p.m., with North Lincoln opening its first practice at 5. East Lincoln and West Lincoln elected to begin their seasons bright and early, with each beginning their full-team workouts at 8 a.m.
Today marks the final time Roseboro and the rest of the county’s seniors will take part in the official start of high school football. But now isn’t the time to be sentimental.
“It’s kind of crazy how school flies by so quick,” Roseboro said. “Tomorrow starts my senior year. It’s my last first practice, but it’s time to get the season started.”
When school begins on Aug. 25, most students will hope their new teachers don’t assign homework on the first day.
The first day of football practice is a different story.
Coaches plan on working the kids hard from Day 1, and expect their players to give it their all from today’s first whistle to the final one at season’s end.
That’s what Roseboro says must happen if his dream of winning a state title in his final prep season is to become a reality.
“Everybody must come out ready to work; fast tempo, nobody walking on the field,” he said. “Everybody just being ready to give it their all.”
Roseboro has had more than 30 full athletic scholarships at the major Division I college football level, and announced last month he has narrowed down his list to six schools –– Alabama, Clemson, Michigan, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Tennessee.
He’ll make his commitment public on Aug. 29 prior to the Wolves playing at Belmont South Point, he said, but once the clock strikes 6 p.m. today his college football career takes a back seat.
“They don’t matter,” Roseboro said of his top six. “Once the season starts tomorrow at 6 o’clock, I don’t want to hear nothing about college anything. It’s high school, and how Lincolnton’s going to do this year.”
The Wolves, who went 9-5 last season and finished third in the Southern District 7 Athletic 2A Conference, figure to be a contender for the state 2A title in December.
After reaching the third round of the state playoffs a season ago, they return the bulk of their starters –– eight on offense and six on defense.
East Lincoln, which won the SD-7 title with an undefeated conference run in 2013, also figures to compete for a title and returns five starters on both offense and defense. North Lincoln returns seven offensive starters and eight on defense. And West Lincoln opened camp earlier today after losing 14 starters from a team that finished second in the SD-7 in rushing last season at 291.8 yards per game.
“No one knows how good a team will be at the beginning of a season,” Rebels coach Tom Sain told NCPreps.com, “but when a team works hard and plays to their potential that’s all any coach can ask for.”