Dublin is transitioning from shorts and T-shirts to full pads for its fifth day of two-a-day workouts today. The Lions then have a quick turnaround before putting their product on public display for the first time Saturday.
Dublin's annual Green vs. Gold intra-squad kicks off with the junior varsity at 9 a.m. Saturday, followed by the varsity at 10 a.m., both at Dublin Memorial Stadium.
"We'll have made it through a week of practice, and I'm excited to see how the kids play on our green-grass field," said new head coach Bob Cervetto. "I'm just excited to get them out to the stadium and in front of some our fans. It should be a good day."
Cervetto saw 18 names on a football offseason chart when he took over the job during the spring semester and immediately made increasing participation his top priority. Dublin opened two-a-days with 56 players and had 58 by Thursday, Cervetto said.
"We haven't gained many (since Monday), but we haven't lost anybody," he said. "That's the main thing."
The former Stephenville coach and Henderson Junior High principal has been pleased with the effort he's seen from his team.
"The enthusiasm and willingness to work has been really good," he said. "That's what gets me excited. This is a good bunch of kids and right now and they're all giving their best effort."
Saturday's festivities will include a test drive fundraiser benefiting the Dublin Athletic Booster Club. Bruner Motors will have vehicles from its Stephenville Dodge location on hand in the stadium parking lot, and will donate $20 to the booster club for every test drive made from 9 a.m.-noon.
"We have a big fundraiser going on and lots of football," he said. "The kids are eager to get out of the shorts and T-shirts and start hitting somebody, and I'm ready to see it.
"It's like Christmas over here," Cervetto said.