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Prep football kicks into high gear

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ACGC football practices August 15, 2017. Jake Schultz / Tribune2 / 6
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Litchfield football practices August 15, 2017. Jake Schultz / Tribune4 / 6
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Prep football rounded into high gear around the area this week, with coaches and players taking advantage of superb weather on Tuesday to maximize their workouts before expected rain-outs on Wednesday.

With early preseason drills limited to minimal contact, Willmar worked through offensive plays and reading defenses. In position drills, running backs worked on techniques with the help of garbage cans while quarterbacks focused on read options and route progressions with receivers.

In Atwater, ACGC defenders worked out with a Tackle Wheel, a product designed to teach proper tackling angles and techniques without putting a teammate's body at risk.

Litchfield varsity players worked on passing drills during Tuesday workouts.

In Belgrade, BBE players took post-practice yoga instruction from Kendra Tensen on the Jaguars' practice field.

BBE head coach Chris Moscho said the team suffered through a rash of ankle injuries last season and he wanted to see if the increased flexibility gained through yoga would help.

Moscho, from Melrose, got the idea when the Dutchmen's football team incorporated yoga into its workouts last year. BBE players may have been reluctant so Moscho gave them an option.

"They could do this (yoga) or a two-mile run," Moscho said with a laugh.

At Minnewaska High School, workers were busy tuning up the Lakers' new turf field on Tuesday in preparation for their home-opener against Maple Lake on Aug. 31.

On a practice field a few yards away, Lakers players worked on pass plays they hope will produce big yardage on their new playing surface.