Eagles prepare for six-man gridiron season with 'Hupomone Week'

While most high school football teams have already donned the practice gear a couple of week or two ago, the Heritage Eagles won't hit the turf until this coming Monday.

But while the Eagles might be getting into the game late, so to speak when it comes to practice, they will be ready when they hit the field for “Hupomone Week” (the school's term for the first five days of practice; “hupomone” is Heritage's athletic motto which is a Greek word meaning “perseverance”).

“I expect the player to come back (to practice) in great shape,” said Heritage head coach Tim Shipman. “As a coach, you are always wanting 100 percent of them to be lifting and running all summer.”

While the players have been off for the summer, “they have been working on their own. We encourage them to spend some time filling up their cups but also not neglecting their physical goals,” Shipman said.

While the coach expects the players to come to “Hupomone Week” in relatively good shape, this can lead to “a little more light-hearted environment. They understand that if you can work hard and stay disciplined while being laid-back, then let's do that.”

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