Midnight Madness 2011

As the clock struck midnight on Saturday many residents across the state were sound asleep. But in some parts of North Carolina the quiet sounds of night were replaced with whistles, coaches yelling instructions, and boys hustling down the football field.

Most of the schools will take the field during the day on Saturday, but several schools decided to beat the heat and make an event out of the first practice.

In Durham, the David Hackney era began at Riverside High School with fans watching the first official practice from their vehicles while fans in Gastonia enjoyed a break from the heat at Hunter Huss.

Leesville Road ushered in the Chad Smothers era with a festive night of loud music and loud fans.

Southern Lee High School in Sanford made an event out of the first practice with a Booster Club cookout and a stadium packed with Cavalier fans.

But even with all of the fanfare, work was to be done and it was business as usual on the field. The North Carolina High School Athletic Association limits what teams can do during the first days of practice so most teams were running conditioning drills and working on the kicking game.

Teams will be able to begin contact drills next Friday and scrimmages across the state will begin next Wednesday.

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