Football Practices Begin: 6 Teams Kick Off Season With Midnight Tradition

It’s a date that’s been circled on many calendars around Northern Michigan.

August 12 is the first day for high school football practices in the 2019 season.

At least six Northern Michigan programs kicked off their seasons at the stroke of midnight, including the Evart Wildcats and Clare Pioneers.

For Evart, this is their 15th year holding a season-opening midnight practice. While the pioneers have held midnight practices each of the past five seasons.

In addition to the advantage of the lower temperatures for practice, Evart coach Pat Craven and Clare senior running back/safety Colt Smedley say it also gives the teams a small psychological edge.

“The kids love it,” Craven says. “They actually had a bonfire tonight, leading up to practice as a team event.  So, we’re excited to have them developing that team camaraderie.  I love just stepping on the field as soon as you can.”

Smedley agrees.

“It’s fun, I like it,” he says. “It’s a great way to start the year off.  It’s like very up tempo.”

You can hear more about the Pioneers and Wildcats coming up this evening for our first two-a-days on 9&10 News at 6.