Only 40 days remain until Scott Peavey officially jumpstarts his second stint in charge of the Haralson County High School football program when the Rebels open their 2017 campaign on Aug. 25 versus Temple.
In the meantime, the HC head man has challenged his new players and kept them busy with numerous camps and workouts during the dog days of summer.
After electing to not have practice during the spring, the Rebels have more than made up for it by hitting the weight room and the field at full speed over the past several weeks.
"Our kids have really worked hard all offseason long from the spring through the summer," Peavey said. "We've had a lot of participation with several kids showing interest, so that's always good to see. Just from seeing them compete in all of the different camps that we've attended, I can say that these kids are doing a great job and are definitely getting better with each week."
Like several other local teams, the Haralson County summer tour has taken it to various destinations across the state of Georgia and even across state lines, with the competition ranging from single-A all the way up to AAAAAAA.
"We started the summer off by going to Darlington's 7-on-7 camp and made quite a few more after that," Peavey said. "We went to a 7-on-7 at Pepperell, as well as one up in Powder Springs at McEachern. Before the Dead Week, we participated in one at Oxford, Alabama, so our guys have been all over the place and pretty busy."
The main focus of these camps was to expose the Rebel players to different styles of opponent, something they'll have to deal with once they begin Region 6-AAA play. Haralson County returns a handful of key contributors from last year's bunch like rising junior Treylon Sheppard and rising senior Luke Cash, and Peavey wants to make sure they get all the competition they can get.
"Our goal was to challenge our guys by putting them up against as many fast teams that they could face so they'd get used to adjusting to different teams with different speeds," Peavey said. "It's always good to get give your kids a chance to face off against different styles of opponents because it prepares you for what you're going to see week-to-week during the regular season."
With the summer winding down, Haralson has just a few days of workouts remaining on its schedule, including one more camp this week. After that, once July 24 comes around, it's go-time.
"We have one more football camp that we're going attending this week, a non-contact camp in Birmingham," Peavey said. "Other than our usual workouts, that'll pretty much wrap up up our summer and carry us into the start of fall practice. We're looking forward to finally get everything rolling."