Rain showers slowed but could not stop the opening day of spring football workouts at Stephenville High School Monday.

Under the direction of new head football coach Joseph Gillespie, more than 100 Yellow Jackets in grades 9-11 turned out for the workout, which was moved indoors to the green room.

“It’s certainly not what I wanted going into the first day,” Gillespie said, “but we can’t control Mother Nature. God wanted it to rain today so that’s what it did.”

The day was far from a total loss, however, as Gillespie believes slowing practice down and spending more time reviewing will prove to be advantageous in the long run.

“We were able to slow down and review some of the basic things that sometimes get taken for granted,” he said. “This actually gave us a chance to go over schematic things both offensively and defensively that we could not have done as effectively at full speed.”

The long-time assistant who was promoted to head coach and athletics director in February said he was particularly impressed with the defense on day one and believes his team may be further along on that side of the ball than he expected.

“All in all, I feel like the weather may have ended up being a blessing in disguise,” he said.

Practice today begins at the regular 4 p.m. start time. The earlier Monday time was made possible because there was no school.

Spring ball will conclude with the second Blue vs Gold spring game at Tarlteon’s Memorial Stadium at 6 p.m. on May 23.