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Rain makes for a soggy opening day for high school football

Ashaad Yeoman begins his first season as Laney's head coach. (Source: WECT) Ashaad Yeoman begins his first season as Laney's head coach. (Source: WECT)
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) -

The high school football season officially kicked off on Friday with one area team not wasting any time.

The Laney Buccaneers continued with tradition Friday morning opting for a 'midnight madness' practice on day one.

"It's just so exciting to be under the lights." said first year head coach Ashaad Yoeman. "Any time you can get under the lights you take advantage of it."

The New Hanover Wildcats weren't as fortunate. Because of heavy rains across the area, a scheduled 7:30 practice at 13th and Ann Streets turned into an indoor meeting.

"We have a great group of kids who have given every effort since the Monday after our playoff loss last year." Motsinger said.

For the first two days of practice players may wear helmets and shorts. Shoulder pads may be added on day three and on day six full pads and contact can begin.

With 108 players turning out for the first day, it's the lowest total in Motsinger's nine years at New Hanover.

"We still expect great things."

Motsinger's Wildcats will get an extra week to prepare for the regular season opener as it has a bye week scheduled for week one.

Laney will begin the 2014 season August 22 against Pender.  Ashaad Yoeman has taken over the helm after Greg Ditz stepped down during the offseason. He inherits a team that finished the 2013 season with a 6-5 overall record.

"We just want to be in the conversation." said Yoeman. "We have a lot of work to do and a lot to learn."

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