It's hard to believe, but it's that time of year again, when high school football players statewide are waking up at the crack of dawn to hit the gridiron.
"You know this is like Christmas morning, we get to open up a new package," said Pottsboro head coach Matt Poe.
Blue Ridge coach Kevin Wiggins agrees.
"You know opening day of practice for Texas High School football, you can't beat it."
And players from all around the area are excited to get back on the field as well.
"I'm just ready to get the season started, the Friday nights going. It was a fun year last year and I'm hoping to go even farther this year," said Howe corner back Levi Mrozinski.
And they're ready to leave it all on the field.
"You know we're going to do whatever it takes to win. We're going to fight as hard as we can, train as hard as we can, and if we train as hard as we can, we'll play as hard as we can," said Anna defensive tackle Ty Slaughter.
And per usual, expectations abound.
"Everybody's dreaming big right now, when you hit the field, and setting goals as high as possible," said Denison coach Chad Rogers.
And all the teams in action in the Lone Star State are hoping that today's practice is just the first step in a journey that will end in Houston, in December, hoisting a state championship trophy.