Optimistic Bobcats open fall practice

Friday, August 8, 2014
The Berryville Bobcats run through drills Monday on the first official day of fall practice. The Bobcats will open the 2014 season on Sept. 5 at Decatur. Berryville finished 3-7 in 2013. (David Bell/Carroll County News)

The Berryville Bobcats officially began fall practice Monday hoping to improve on last year's 3-7 season.

Although the team ran through various drills Monday, the main objective was getting acclimated to the summer temperatures.

Monday was the first day the team could put on helmets. Wednesday was the first day they were allowed to progress to shoulder pads and on Monday, Aug. 11, they will finally be able to be in full pads.

Junior Timmond Turner is expected to be one of the Bobcats' top receivers in 2014. (David Bell/Carroll County News)

The Bobcats participated in several football camps in July. Berryville hosted some of those camps, and teams such as Elkins, Green Forest and Huntsville came to participate.

Berryville Coach Lee Atkins said the team performed well in the camps.

"For rolling out of spring practice in May and going to the camps in July, I felt pretty good about the way we looked," Atkins said.

The Bobcats will open the season in four weeks, traveling to Decatur on Sept. 5.

Berryville will play its Purple and Gold game on Aug. 22 and will play a jamboree at Clinton on Aug. 28.

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