For anyone connected with football, there are four seasons.The preseason, the offseason, the regular season, and the postseason.
For the Gridley Bulldogs and new head coach Matt Kemmis, it’s still the offseason.
But the preseason is fast approaching. The Bulldogs start fall camp July 31.
For now, the focus is on hitting the weight room and agility workouts, as well as light sessions focused on learning the new playbook.
The Bulldogs also had an eventful, productive two weeks of spring football practice.
Kemmis said the turnout for offseason workouts has been good, with more than 40 players out on a regular basis.
“I was very pleased with the turnout and the effort,” Kemmis said. “The guys are buying in.”
Once fall practice starts, it will be a quick sprint to the start of the regular season.
A scrimmage will be held the week of Aug. 17. The Bulldogs will open the 2017 regular season Friday night, Sept. 1 on the road at Willows.
Gridley will travel to Anderson Sept. 8 before opening the home portion of the 2017 campaign Friday, Sept. 15 at home against Live Oak in the annual Harvest Bowl game.
Kemmis, even though he’s brand-new at Gridley, said he’s been well-schooled in the area rivalry game’s importance.
The Bulldogs have won the past four games in the series. Last year’s win was the lone bright spot in a 1-9 season for Gridley.
That means the current crop of seniors has never lost to Live Oak.
And Kemmis has every intention of sending them out winners, too.
“We’ll be ready,” Kemmis said.