It was a little hot on Monday, but that's just one of the things you have to endure as a football team in Georgia. Hebron Christian Academy found that out firsthand when the Dacula private school launched its football program.
"It went really well," Hebron head coach Rick Burlingame said. "It was a little hot, but overall it went real well for the first day."
Hebron's football team is a middle school squad composed of seventh- and eighth-graders.
The Lions will play a six-game schedule with four of those games on their home turf. The season opener is Sept. 7 against Holy Spirit Prep.
Hebron also will play Westminster, Prince Avenue, Lakeview, George Walton and Athens Christian.
Before that first game, Burlingame and his staff will have the challenge of teaching about 35 players the basics of football.
"Even though it was hot, the guys have worked really hard, but we've got a long way to go," said Burlingame, who has been a head coach for 13 years, but hasn't coached since he was in North Carolina 17 years ago.
"The biggest challenge is teaching kids," Burlingame said. "We're teaching them the basic fundamentals of football - the skills and technique."
Hebron plans to field a junior varsity team next year. If the turnout is good, the Lions would like to have a varsity team in the next three to four years.
"Everyone is really excited about having a football team," Burlingame said.