It is inscripted on the wall of the Perry High School weight room, “The weight room isn’t for everyone. Then again, neither is playing time… or winning.” According to Head Football Coach Matt Hardy, the same could be said for his team and their attitude.

As the Bluejays concluded their warm ups on the evening of their last out-of-season practice, Coach Hardy emphasized the importance of passivity and good attitude to his players.

“You don’t have to be the most talented kid in the world to control your attitude and your effort,” Coach Hardy said. “One big expectation I have is that we are positive about everything that we do and that we do everything to the maximum of our ability.”

Monday, Aug. 6 marked the beginning of all fall sports’ first official practices. For the Perry Football team, it is only a slight change to what they have been working towards all summer. Coach Hardy says that first practice is just a matter of seeing where each of the players fit best in the positions of the team as well as continuing to run drills.

On Sunday, Aug. 5 the team was able to experience what the pre-practice routine consists of and got a glimpse of what they can expect throughout the rest of the practices this season.

“There will be a lot of similarities in these upcoming practices up until week one,” Coach Hardy said.

At the conclusion of practice on Aug. 5, the team lined up to receive jerseys, numbers and practice gear for the season. One of the first in line was senior Conner Kenyon, who says the summer practices set the tone for what the season will look like.

“They [summer practices] are really important to me especially because I am a senior,” Kenyon said. “The coaching staff has really gotten honest about how the season will reflect our work ethic these past few weeks.”

The Bluejays are set to play their first game of the 2018 season against Greene County at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 24 at home.