For as many as 21 Minnesota football teams, they’ve been practicing for two full weeks now, and all that hard work will be on display Friday night. It’s “Zero Week” in prep football around the state, meaning that high school football is already kicking off officially.
Many high school athletes are enjoying their last week of the summer. It’s the last week to work full-time, hit the pool or play a round of golf. That’s because next week, practices start around the state for fall sports. But for at least 22 football programs, 21 of them in Minnesota, this past Monday signaled the start of the fall season.
Believe it or not, high school football season is already here for many programs. The official start of practice is a week away, but 22 schools get an extra week of practice because they play their first game a week early, on Aug. 23. It’s called “Zero Week,” and Edina coach Reed Boltmann says it’s a good fit for his team.
Summer was fun while it lasted, but while some are attending the Minnesota State Fair this week, others are strapping on the pads and hitting the gridiron Friday night.