BG Erivn "Cheeseburger" Chandler

Daily Sun photo/Ron Farmer

New Blooming Grove coach Ervin Chandler talks to his team on the first day of summer football workouts Monday. The Lions were one of seven Golden Circle teams that began practice. Corsicana begins workouts next Monday.

BLOOMING GROVE — When a someone is talking to you, “Look a man right in the eyes,” said Blooming Grove coach Ervin “Cheeseburger” Chandler as he talked to his players on the first day of summer workouts Monday.

It was a no nonsense, we have to get to work practice for the Lions, who were 5-5 last season.

Chandler is brand new and so is the energy and excitement at the Grove, where Chandler wants to bring his own brand of football and a new stretch of winning to the Lions.

Monday was full of hard work and optimism as energy and high hopes went hand-in-hand all over the Golden Circle as seven of the eight GC teams began football practice.

Corsicana, the only Class 5A school and the only team that holds spring drills, will have to wait until next week to start, but for the other seven teams in the Golden Circle, Monday was the real kickoff to the 2019 season that begins with games on Aug. 30.    

Three new coaches took over teams Monday as Mildred’s Duke Dalton held a crisp and energetic practice on the first day with his Eagles, and Frost’s Randy Fulton, who was the defensive coordinator for the Polar Bears the last three years, took over for a Frost team loaded with offense and a desire to make a run in the playoffs.

It was loud and the message was clear from Mildred, where the Eagles looked sharp on Day 1, and throughout the Golden Circle as the long wait ended and football began.