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Local teams come together for joint workouts

Perry and Warner Robins took part in an off-season workout Tuesday at Jones County High School. /(Luke Hetrick, WGXA)

GRAY, GA -- In less than three weeks, local high school football programs strap on the pads as fall practice begins.

The buildup from the last game from the previous year to the first practice is always huge, but all coaches want their players ready to go by day one.

For three local teams, they have a step up on the competition. Jones County, Warner Robins, and Perry met Tuesday afternoon at Jones County High School for 11-on-11 team workouts. Earlier this offseason, most teams held 7-on-7 passing camps, but Tuesday's workout provided new opportunities to grow for all three teams.

"The biggest difference is it's real football," said Jones County Head Coach Justin Rogers. "Now you've got to be sound in your protection game. You've got to be sound on your checks at the line on the run game. It's a good check for us to see how we're doing mentally with the aspects that we have to learn to be a good offense and defense."

Teams are now further along in their development with more off-season reps as opposed to years past. Off season inter-squad workouts make the coach's checklist lighter come the first practice.

"When we play Westside on August 4 in a scrimmage game, we've done a lot of stuff 11 on 11 wise," said Warner Robins Head Coach Mike Chastain. "All we have to do is put those pads on and get fine tuned and get hitting, tackling and all that stuff and we're ready to play."

Jones County opens the season Aug. 17 in the Corky Kell Classic against Houston County while Warner Robins takes on Northside the following night. Perry takes on Rutland in the season opener on Aug. 25.

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