The Portales Rams are going to get the earliest start possible on the football season.
Third-year coach Jaime Ramirez said PHS will have a “midnight madness” practice, starting at 12:01 a.m. on Monday at the Rams’ practice facility. He said players will report for a short meeting about 11:30 p.m., and the scrimmage will run about two-and-a-half hours.
“They’ve done it here in the past, and I’ve done it in the past with other teams,” Ramirez said. “We wanted to change things up a little.”
The Rams, who went 6-5 last season and lost to Las Vegas Robertson in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs, will practice from 6-10 a.m. Tuesday through Friday. Ramirez said he isn’t sure about the schedule for the following week.
PHS will host a four-way scrimmage at the practice facility on Aug. 22 with West Las Vegas, Santa Rosa and the Clovis junior varsity before beginning regular-season the following Friday at Las Vegas Robertson.
Also, Floyd and Dora are scheduled to begin workouts on Monday. Floyd is dropping from 8-man to 6-man this year while the Coyotes, who reached the 6-man semifinals in 2013, are moving up to 8-man.
Dora is co-opting with Elida this year. Coach Mason McBee said the Coyotes may pick up a player or two from Elida.
Dora is scheduled to practice from 6:30-8 a.m. on Monday through Thursday, then will have a morning workout on Friday. School begins the following Monday.
The Coyotes’ opener will be either Aug. 29 or 30, at home against Foothill.
Floyd will practice from 4-6 p.m. each day next week, working around in-service meetings, coach Steve Foust said. School also starts on Aug. 11.
The Broncos open the season on Aug. 30 with a neutral-site game at Carrizozo against Reserve.