NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)–There are less than two days until the first game of the year, and Hillhouse head coach Reggie Lytle should be worried about getting ready for the Sheehan Titans.
Instead, he’s just trying to make sure his team has a suitable field to practice on.
“It’s very hard, the field hasn’t been watered down due to construction, but also not having lines is an issue,” Lytle said.
This is the third year in a row the Academics will be playing without a home field. Bowen Field has been shut down for renovations, so they’ve been practicing on the nearby baseball field.
“Not having a true practice field with lines, an appropriate locker room, appropriate weight room, it affects the team,” Lytle said. “It affects the kids.”
“It’s a tough field to practice on, between all of our running around and stuff, there’s dust flying in the air,” said senior captain Tyler Williams.
But despite the poor practice conditions and the lack of a true home field, players and coaches are confident that the Academics can do big things this season.
“We lost a lot of seniors, but we still had a good team last year, and the returning players that are now seniors are stepping up,” Williams said.
“I see a lot of potential,” said fellow senior captain Justin McClain. “We’ve got great athletes, a lot of great backs, we have a good line. I think we can pull it together and come out with a championship this year.”