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The Dana Hills football team kicks off their season August 30. Photo by Steve Breazeale
The Dana Hills football team kicks off their season August 30. Photo by Steve Breazeale

By Steve Breazeale

On what head coach Todd Rusinkovich called “judgment day” the Dana Hills football team geared up in full pads for the first time this year the morning of August 15. After weeks spent conditioning with little to no contact, the Dolphins players finally got to satisfy the itch to tackle.

The Dolphins started their morning workout by alternating in between different stations. Tackling technique, footwork and other skills were taught as the Dolphins, who were separated by position, made the rounds.

After the circuit workout Rusinkovich and his staff split the field in half and put the players through the famous, and popular, Oklahoma drill. Two lineman squared off inside a space of five yards while a running back had to navigate his way through the gauntlet. The responsibility of disrupting the route and trying to tackle the running back fell to the big defensive linemen. Rusinkovich and his staff emphatically made their way from line to line, offering encouragement as well as advice to those who did well or needed some guidance.

The Dolphins will continue running two-a-days through August 22. Their first game is set for August 30 against Trabuco Hills at home.

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