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Vikings football season kicks off
First game scheduled for NAU Skydome

<br>Photo/Shana Brownlee<br>
Official practice begins Aug. 4 for the Vikings football team at Williams high School (WHS). Their first game is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 29 or Aug. 30 at the Northern Arizona University Skydome in Flagstaff. A scrimmage may also be held Aug. 22 at WHS.

<br>Photo/Shana Brownlee<br> Official practice begins Aug. 4 for the Vikings football team at Williams high School (WHS). Their first game is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 29 or Aug. 30 at the Northern Arizona University Skydome in Flagstaff. A scrimmage may also be held Aug. 22 at WHS.

Schools in Williams are gearing up for the start of the new 2008 school year. For Williams High School students, as well as students at Williams Middle School, that means football. Now is the time for all players in the Williams district to get their sports paperwork in and get those physicals completed, whether students are players in the Falcons team or the Vikings team, coaches said. For players on the Vikings team, practice has already begun for some.

Vikings Coach Phillip Echeverria said there were generally somewhere around 20 kids currently participating in training at Williams High School. Workout for the football players includes speed training, running and other exercises.

"Kicking off the 2008 Vikings football season, we've started with some volunteer workouts," Echeverria said. "We're also doing a little bit of football stuff here and there. We're kind of limited as to what we can do, but we're just trying to get the kids enthusiastic and in shape and ready to go."

First official practice

The first official Vikings practice is slated for Aug. 4. Additional practices will also be held Aug. 5-6, Echeverria said.

"We'll do a morning practice and then we'll do an evening practice as well," he said. "Monday at 7 a.m. we'll start our first morning practice. The big thing for the kids is they need to pick up their paperwork from the school office. Hopefully they've done that through registration, but they need to get all the paperwork and get a physical, their insurance paperwork filled out, all the parent permission slips. It's all included in the packet," Echeverria said.

Paperwork must be turned in before players attend the Aug. 4 practice date.

"The hospital was saying they had openings and they wanted the athletes to call and make appointments and come down to get that taken care of," Echeverria said of the physicals that are required.

"I think if the insurance didn't take care of that for them it was $25," he said. "We always get questions about kids getting physicals every year and that's AIA (Arizona Interscholastic Association) guidelines. They need a physical after March 1. If they had a physical after March 1 of this year it's still good for the entire year. If not, they'll need to take another physical this year.

First game at NAU

The Vikings are tentatively scheduled to play their first game Aug. 29 or Aug. 30.

"It's going to be in the (Northern Arizona University Sky) dome and will be either Friday or Saturday," Echeverria said. "We haven't gotten word back from Flagstaff High yet whether we'll play Friday or Saturday, but we'll play Valley Lutheran again in the dome as we did last year."

Echeverria added that they are also hoping for a scrimmage against San Pasqual.

"We had one scheduled last year and they ended up canceling on us," he said. "That scrimmage would be Aug. 22 if they fulfill that obligation."

The schedule for the Vikings regular season, he said, would remain fairly close to last year's football season.

"Everything moved back a week (and) we picked up a few more JV (junior varsity) games. I'm enthused about that. We have a full eight game JV schedule," Echeverria said. "We're going to try to get in at least one game a week throughout the varsity season, so they'll play eight games and we'll play eight games on the varsity."

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