Patriots putting in work at the gym this off-season

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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The Adams Central football season does not begin until August 12, when teams across the state can hold tryouts and then practice. However, the Patriots have been long at work in the weight room prepping for the upcoming season.

Adams Central football team lifting weights to prep for upcoming season

"Putting in that extra work in the weight room, getting up every morning its going to make it that much easier to beat the guy across the line from you," Adams Central senior, Gabe Conant said. "It starts with the line first of all but even in the backfield with the quarterback and the wide receivers, them blocking, every little rep we get helps us in the game."

For the guys looking to find roster spots, it is an added emphasis to put in work during the summer months. Patriot junior Dylan Pfeifer, who is looking to make a starting spot, knows this all too well.

"It's extremely important because you gotta have more power than the guy across from you so gotta build that power up in the weight room," Pfeifer said. "All that work you put in is going to help us on the field and in the trenches so."

Playing such a vicious sport, injuries are a common occurrence, and Patriot strength and conditioning coach Evan Feezell certainly knows the benefits of mobility and lifting before the season.

"When we move in our warm-up in our workout, these are all ways that you can prevent injuries and taking pressure off those joints," Feezell said. "When you get stronger you're actually preventing injuries. So, lifting weights is a really good thing that's going to prevent a lot of those injuries."

The Patriots season opener is on August 30, when they welcome in the defending Class C-1 State Champ, Aurora Huskies.