MANCHESTER >> The kickoff to the Vermont state high school football season is less than one month away and the Mount Anthony and Burr and Burton football teams cannot wait to get the season started.
"I can't believe this summer has gone by so fast," said MAU coach John Martin. "We're two weeks away from the start of training camp. The kids have been doing a great job all summer training and we're ready to dive right into it."
All summer long, both teams have been training hard for the upcoming season.
For the past couple weeks, the rival schools have met at BBA's Taylor Field for 7-on-7 action to help skill players get into the swing of things before the season.
"It's been great having these 7-on-7 sessions with BBA," Martin said. "It really helps our kids get more work on the field and also help us get that mental mind-set of what were trying to do on the field."
This offseason has been a little different for MAU as they have two extra weeks of offseason training. With school ending the second week of June and going on summer break earlier then usual with no snow days this past school year, they had an extra week at the beginning of summer and one at the end as the season begins a week later than usual.
The Patriots have taken full advantage of their extra time to train for the upcoming season and are more ready then ever to start the season, Martin said.
"The kids were able to get some more training in this summer because of the extra time we had to prepare for the season and that will help us be further along in our process as a team to start the season," Martin said. "We have our system in place. The kids know what they're doing out there on the field. We're ready to go."
The same can be said for BBA who after starting their summer program with a week-long team camp in June, is ready to get the season started and defend their Division II state championship.
"What you do during the season is the product of how hard you worked in the offseason and our kids have done a great job over the course of the past six months to get ready for the upcoming season," said BBA coach Jason Thomas. "Our kids have bought into what we have to do continue our winning and we're excited to kickoff the season."
Both MAU and BBA will start training camp on August 15.
MAU will open up the season at Spinelli Field against Middlebury on September 2, while BBA will host Mount Mansfield at Taylor Field in their season opener on September 3.