Coeur d'Alene, ID -- The Coeur d'Alene Vikings got back on the practice field for their 2013 campaign with a two-a-day session on Monday.
Last years 5A Idaho state runner-up fell to Madison in the title game, coming up short of the three-peat.
However, the Vikings enter the season as the top-ranked team in the state. They play a tough regional schedule, facing five teams residing more than 300 miles from CDA. But today, they are just excited to get back to work.
"I'm super excited, I could hardly sleep last night," said senior linebacker Jackson Carlson. "I was so excited to get out here, it's my last year and I'm probably not going to play college, so I was pretty excited."
Senior quarterback, Gunnar Amos agreed with his Viking teammate.
"It was awesome. We've been doing so much lifting since the end of the season, said Amos. "It's nice to get back on the field and actually play some football, instead of just being in that weight room the whole time."
Senior Tight End, Chase Blakley, who commited to the University of Washington back in May, is pumped up to get his senior campaign started and couldn't wait to get back on the turf with his teammates.
"It was awesome. I loved it. It was a good day to get out here with all the guys," said Blakley. "I think we were pumped up about getting back out there. It was fun grinding throughout the day, it was a normal day of football."
With day one in the books, Head Coach Shawn Amos was pleased with his guys.
"It gets hard at about hour six where they are battling, but they did a good job, we always have to keep pushing them" said Amos. "For the most part I was pretty happy. It's always nice to get off the weights and the kids want to play some football. They showed great attitude, flying around, it's an exciting time."
The Viking open up the season on August 30th at West Linn High School at 7pm.