Both Creek Wood and Dickson had their first football practice in shoulder pads last week.

At Dickson County, the junior varsity had already started to practice when the varsity team showed up at 6 p.m. Both Creek Wood teams practiced together at the same time.

The Cougars’ varsity linemen hit the blocking sled early in the practice.

“It was good to be back in pads,” Creek Wood coach Houston Thiel said. “We are trying to figure out the best fit at a couple of positions. Sometimes it is difficult for players to separate themselves with just helmets on. When the pads go on, you get a lot better of an idea who is ready to help the team right now.”

The teams kick off the season against each other in a televised game on Aug. 23 at Creek Wood.

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