Jamison directing drills

Coach Johnson Jamison directs a drill during Tuesday’s practice in which Patriot defenders practiced sprinting to the ball to make a tackle. Taking off are Beau Larrance (far right) and Lane Weatherford (far left). – DALE GENTRY | THE STANDARD BANNER

Preseason preparations for the 2019 football season are ramping up on the newly-installed turf at Jefferson County High School.

About 90 athletes are lifting weights in the morning and practicing in the evenings at JCHS. This week is the TSSAA-mandated “acclimation period,” designed to help players get used to the heat of late summer before they don full pads. But ironically, the weather has turned cooler.

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