Hoosac begins its preparations for MIAA D-VIII Super Bowl at Gillette
CHESHIRE — The atmosphere inside the Hoosac Valley weight room was one of high energy and focus as the Hurricane football team prepared for Saturday's Division VIII state championship game against Millis on Monday.
"Time to witness the process," senior running back Donald Monsees said as he readied himself for his workout.
Early 2000's rock music with some hip-hop mixed in blasted through the speakers. Some players sported weighted chains around their necks for weighed dips, pull-ups and push-ups. Other players were outside the weight room doing farmer's carries, an upper-body exercise which required lugging dumbbells up and down the hallway.
Players sang and nodded along to the music in between reps. Hoosac coach Dayne Poirot also joined in on the iron pushing at times.
The lifting session followed work on the practice field. The team did some individual drills, and the offensive and defensive portions of practice were mostly used to review things learned last week.
The Hurricanes haven't played since their 76-34 state semifinal win over Nashoba Tech back on Nov. 18. Poirot said they've made good use of the extra time between games.
"Just some review stuff," Poirot said of Monday's on-field part of practice. "Walked through a little bit. ... We were able to do a little bit with the head start."
The final adjustments will take place over the next couple days.
"That's part of today and tomorrow," he said. We'll get that done earlier on in the week, of exactly what we're going to do and how we're going to do it.
"Thursday and Friday is more [about] refining it and continuing to rep it."
Hoosac plans to leave for Gillette Stadium early Saturday ahead of its 1:30 p.m. kickoff.
Monday concluded with some light conditioning. Players alternated doing push-ups and crunches, light jogging and carrying weighted kettle bells.
The players appear confident heading into the school's first-ever state championship under the current playoff format. Only time will tell how the preparation will impact on-field performance, but productive days like Monday are certainly a step in the right direction.
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