After a spring of light conditioning drills and heavy lifting, the Bowdon High School football team is ready to begin the building process toward the 2017 season.

With school officially out, the Red Devils will begin laying the groundwork for fall this week when they kick off their summer conditioning sessions on Monday. Even though his guys didn't go through an official spring practice schedule, Bowdon head coach Robert Andrews said his squad has been hard at work getting into proper shape over the past few months.

"We elected not to do full practices and decided to opt for two scrimmages in the fall," Andrews said. "We've done some speed work, as well as weight training throughout the spring, which all of our athletes participate in. It's been a really good period, in terms of strength and speed."

Heading into his third season at the helm, Andrews is looking to guide the Red Devil program to its seventh straight playoff appearance this fall where they hope a deep run through the Class A Public postseason is in the works. The preparation starts now for all returning and new players alike as Andrews hopes chemistry and leadership is developed over the next three months.

"Over the summer, I'm hoping that we begin coming together as a team and that we start developing some unity within our team," Andrews said. "We want to see some leadership developing by the guys who are returning as well as continuing to improve physically."

Before looking forward, the Red Devils said goodbye to 13 senior players this past week as the likes of standouts Cason Parmer, Tay Sheppard and Dylan Raymond all walked across the stage as graduates this past Thursday. Those group of seniors will surely be missed by their head coach.

"We had a really strong senior class from this past season who graduated last Thursday," Andrews said. "I hate to see them go, but we're obviously excited for them. They were a great group of kids who worked extremely hard and I'm excited for what their future holds for them."

But as it always plays out with every program, where a group of kids leave, the next group is presented with an opportunity to step up. With Times-Georgian All-Area players like Aaron Beasley and Zaylin Wood returning to lead the show, summer presents the chance for a swarm of new faces to shine.

"We've got a good group coming up. We're looking to see how they can grow together and develop as a team," Andrews said. "It's going to be exciting to see what the future holds for these young guys as they fill the gaps and step into the leadership role."

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