It is nearly time for the North Little Rock Charging Wildcats to get back to the business of football.
August 5 is the target. That’s the first official day of preseason workouts previously known as two-a-days.
"That’s what we used to call them," head coach Brad Bolding said, "but they aren’t true two-a-days anymore."
The Charging Wildcats will practice in the early morning with the first day of full pads being August 9 at War Memorial Stadium. That’s also picture day for the team.
In the meantime, Bolding and the Charging Wildcats will spend some time next week at Camp Robinson for a team camp with Stuttgart and Pine Bluff with the seniors going through a boot camp designed to team build, something Bolding said the military "has down to a science".
"First Sgt. Chris Burke lets us come over there," Bolding said, "and we stay in the barracks and it’s just a good way for our seniors to come together."
Bolding said his team has put in consistent work throughout the summer on getting better.
"You are never really completely satisfied," Bolding said. "We’ve worked all off-season, and I think we are ahead things right now."
Bolding said the offense and the defense has been installed and should have the special teams plays in by this week.
The work won’t be much more than a spring practice according to Bolding, but it will likely be more detailed as the preseason creeps toward the opener.
The Charging Wildcats have big shoes to fill having won the 7A-6A-East out right last year going unbeaten but falling short in the semifinals of the 7A playoffs to state champ Fayetteville.
Add to the fact that numerous statewide media outlets have pegged NLR as the top team in the state.
Work begins soon not to defend a title, but to uphold a reputation.