Columbus High Ready to Get Back to Work
COLUMBUS HIGH BLUE DEVILS HOPE TO HIT THE GROUND RUNNING ON JULY 6TH
The Columbus High Blue Devils are preparing for their their return to the field.
Monday, July 6th marks the first day Muscogee County schools can have sanctioned practices. Phil Marino is hoping his team stayed the course with at home workouts.
“I hope they’re in a little bit of shape,” said Marino. “We’ve been doing the video workouts like everybody else. We’re just hoping that those guys have been working hard and they’re at least a little bit ready to go on Monday.”
Other GHSA schools have been conditioning in person since June 8th and have been able to practice with a football in hand since the 22nd.
“If our kids are doing what they’re supposed to be doing then we’re not behind at all. Now once [other schools] got to use a football that made a difference,” says Marino.
In a press release earlier this month, Muscogee County’s Atheltic Office stated that they have a goal date to return on July 6th.
Marino is confident they’ll be on the field starting on Monday.
“As of right now I would say yes. As you know each and every day Muscogee County numbers seem to go up. It’s hard to tell, I’ve been doing this for almost 40 years and I’ve never experienced anything like this,” said Marino. “We’ve very supportive of Dr. Lewis and Jeff Battles and what they decided to do for us.”
Last season the Blue Devils got the injury bug and went 1-9.
This year, they have a young core up front, but bring back some upperclassmen in the skill positions.
“We have a few young freshmen coming in. Lineman that might get the opportunity to play for us,” says Marino. “So the offensive line and defensive line is where we will need to replace guys, I think skill position wise we’re pretty good.”
Columbus opens up the season on August 21st when they take on Northside.