The Railroaders have worked out four times a week, Mondays through Thursdays, since the final week of June. The five-week gridiron program concludes this week when Kittrell will give his Railroaders two weeks off before the first official day of fall practice, Aug. 13.
“The good majority of our kids have been here everyday,” Kittrell said. “They have bought into what we want to do. They are here because they want to be, not because they have to be. It’s given me a positive outlook on the season.
“I can’t really say how that will translate to wins and losses, but with this group, I know I’ll get 100 percent effort every week.”
The Railroaders’ daily three-hour summer workouts consist of a conditioning period, followed by a football practice and then a weightlifting session.
“This year I’m definitely anxious to get going with official practice,” Kittrell said. “This has been our best summer in a while. I think it will be good for the kids to get two weeks off. They’ll be refreshed.”
Sparks, a 3A school, opens its season at home Aug. 28 against 4A Wooster.