Petersburg, VA (WWBT)- Most area high school football teams will spend this Friday wrapping up preseason camp or putting the cap on another week of practice, but for the Crimson Wave of Petersburg, it will mark the kickoff of their 2011 schedule.
While some teams kick off September 2 and most begin September 9, Petersburg will hold its first contest on Friday against G.W. Danville at home. This has become a tradition of sorts for the Wave. Head coach Michael Scott is beginning his fourth year as Petersburg's lead man, and says he doesn't have a problem will the early start, especially since his squad is 3-0 in those games since his taking over the program. That includes last year's 43-20 rout of Halifax.
Petersburg spent Thursday afternoon doing a light walk-through in preparation for tomorrow's game. The team practiced at its stadium and wore helmets, but no pads.
Scott characterizes 2011 as a rebuilding year for his team, after losing many starters to graduation. Last year's team finished 7-3, and made the playoffs, and the goals are similar for the Crimson Wave this season, despite having to replace many key players.
Friday's game with G.W. Danville kicks off at 7:30 pm at Petersburg High School.