Cavs have first practice of Simon's second year
Afternoon storms around the area forced Southern Lee's first official football practice indoors Friday.
Nonetheless, the Cavaliers were sharply reminded it was "day one" and every practice, every part of every practice, needs to be a chance to get better by head coach Don Simon, who's beginning his second season leading Southern Lee. The Cavaliers and nearly every other prep squad in the state have exactly three weeks worth of practices and scrimmages before the first Friday night of the season - Aug. 22.
Southern Lee started last season out with everything a new coach means and three straight road games. With the same 11 opponents, but home and away contests reversed, the Cavaliers get three straight Friday nights at Cavalier Stadium starting with Western Harnett in week one.
Even in the auxiliary gym, the Cavaliers broke into position groups, made the best of the cramped space and worked hard. Weather-permitting, Saturday morning's practice, day two, will be outside.
Per N.C. High School Athletic Association rules, teams can begin practicing in shoulder pads on the third day of practice, then in full uniforms on the sixth day. Full hitting isn't allowed until six days into practice.
Southern Lee opened last season with a 23-6 win at Western Harnett before losing six straight games. Back-to-back conference wins, 57-21 over Union Pines and 31-6 over Westover, gave the Cavs one more win than in 2012 and, at that point at 2-2 in the Cape Fear Valley, thoughts of postseason play.
Losses to Terry Sanford, then Lee County in the Brick City Bowl, ended the Cavalier season 3-8.
If a season-ending loss could spur a team all the way into next season, it could be last November's Brick City Bowl. After four straight easy Yellow Jacket wins in the rivalry, the Cavaliers led 9-8 in the fourth quarter before Lee County answered in time to win 23-9.
Head coach - Don Simon
Last season - 3-8, 2-4 CFVC
8/22 WESTERN HARNETT
9/5 ST. PAULS
9/12 at Triton
9/19 at Pinecrest
9/26 DOUGLAS BYRD*
10/3 at Gray's Creek*
10/17 UNION PINES*
10/24 at Westover*
10/31 at Terry Sanford*
11/7 LEE COUNTY*
- Home games in CAPS
* denotes CFVC game
- All games start at 7:30 p.m.