By Doug Gorman
The Jonesboro football team didn't waste any time gearing up for head coach Larry Mortonson's second season as head coach.
Even though the Georgia High School Association only allows teams to practice in shorts and helmets during the first week of the season, the Cardinals are making the most of their week by practicing twice a day.
For members of the Jonesboro football team, it's just a sneak preview of things to come.
Starting Sunday, the Cardinals football team checks into the school gymnasium for the annual football camp.
It will give Jonesboro a chance to eat, breathe and sleep football as the team stays on campus until Thursday.
"I have been involved in camps like this since I was here before as an assistant coach on Al Hughes' staff. It's a great way to build unity," said Mortonson.
The camp will be structured so the team practices four times a day with a morning agility session, followed by full pads late in the morning, a short and helmets workout at midway and a second full-pad workout in the evening.
The team will break camp on Thursday.
Mortonson hopes the camp prepares the team for its upcoming season as a member of Region 5-AAAA.
The 12-team region has traditional metro power Southwest DeKalb has one of its members.
Country rivals Forest Park, Mt. Zion and North Clayton will are also part of the region.
Fayette County, which is coached by former Jonesboro coach Tommy Webb, and Clayton County foe Mundy's Mill are two of the non-region teams on the schedule.
"There will be a lot of size and strength in Region 5-AAAA," said Mortonson. "Southwest DeKalb is a powerhouse and Mays had a great year last season."