CHICO, Calif. - The Pleasant Valley High School football team kicked off organized team activities on Monday.
It's the first time that the team has hit the field since the shortened spring season.
Players are practicing four days a week.
They're running drills, lifting weights and building stamina to prepare for the upcoming season.
Head Coach Mark Cooley says his players are happy to be back.
"We purposely kept them away for the month of June, through the July 4th weekend," he said. "I think by now they're chomping at the bit, ready to get going. They keep texting me, 'when are we starting, when are we starting.' Now we're here."
Breandan Nash and Justin Clink are seniors on the varsity team.
"There's been a lot of anticipation for this season, especially with the shortened season," Nash said. "This year we get a playoff run. I'm really excited to work towards that. We actually have more of an end goal."
Both players said they're excited to build stronger bonds with their teammates before the season starts.
"It's great because I feel like we got cheated out of full season last year," Clink said. "Even though the five games were great, it's just great to be back. We have playoffs this year. Team dinners will hopefully be back. It just feels like normal again."
The first day of official practice for Pleasant Valley is Aug. 2.