In the Lansing State Journal today, Okemos football senior Henry Washburn hikes the ball to a teammate in a drill during their first practice of the new football season at midnight Monday in Okemos.

For schools like Everett and Okemos, the season opening practices Monday marked a fresh start as both try to bounce back from 2-7 finishes last fall and return to the state playoffs for the first time since 2014.

Other programs in the area open the new season trying to build off their 2016 success.  That includes Pewamo-Westphalia, which finished as the Division 7 state champion last season.  Click on the above link for more information.