Annual prep football tour visits 19 Chattanooga-area schools on first day of practice in full pads

Staff photo by Olivia Ross / Silverdale Baptist Academy practices early Monday morning on July 25, 2022. Today is the first day that high school prep teams in Tennessee are able to practice in full pads.

Although preseason workouts and conditioning have been happening for a couple of months, the true countdown to the prep football season's kickoff began Monday when teams across Tennessee were allowed to begin practicing in full pads.

For the 23rd straight year I made stops at as many area schools as could be crammed into one day.

While I couldn't make it to each area school, in the coming weeks our staff will preview every region with area Tennessee and Georgia teams and we'll also publish the annual prep football special section with season outlooks for more than 50 teams.

The final total from Monday: 19 total schools in just over 14 hours, covering 282 miles. All times Eastern.

7:29, Baylor: Practice won't begin for another 15 minutes but a group of offensive linemen are already on the field to get an early start on going over some blocking assignments.