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BURNET COUNTY — Football fans have it circled every year, the day when players report early to receive equipment and begin preparation for upcoming season.

That day is Monday.

Area head football coaches, like fans, look forward to the opening of two-a-days, the annual ritual where players and coaches conduct two practices a day in preparation for season openers, which are Aug. 26.

“Oh, there are some days it seems like it comes too quick, then there’s some days it feels like it’s taking forever to get here,” Faith Academy coach Russ Roberts said. “I’m excited about it in that it makes it seem like it’s further off than it actually is. But then when you think about the responsibilities and all the things that need to be done, it gets here pretty quick.”

Roberts, Cord Woerner of Marble Falls and Doyle Walker of Burnet all agree their players used the summer to improve individually. They saw many athletes in weight rooms, running on their campuses and taking advantage of 7-on-7 leagues and tournaments and lineman challenges.