OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Under head coach Ed Hottle, the Stevenson football team officially took the field for the first time in school history on Thursday at 2:00 p.m., holding the first-ever practice on the turf field at the Caves Athletics Complex in Owings Mills, the former training camp home of the Baltimore Colts and Ravens.
After severe thunderstorms moved the practice from the bermuda grass field on the Greenspring campus and with temperatures in the mid-90s, the Mustangs spent much of the practice working on individual drills to help acclimate 115 student-athletes who reported for camp.
"After months of preparation, I am very excited to finally get on the field and get to work," said Hottle. "There was a lot of interest and attention since it was the first-ever practice in the 17-year history of athletics at Stevenson, but overall I thought it was a good first day."
The team officially reported to campus on Wednesday for check-in, physicals and helmet fittings before going through orientation. On Thursday, the team went through NCAA compliance and offensive and defensive meetings before taking the field for practice.
Training camp will consist of nine practices over the next 10 days before classes begin on Monday, August 23.
The team will conduct one, three-hour practice beginning at 8:30 a.m., from Friday, August 13 through Monday, August 16 before holding one practice at 2:00 p.m., on Tuesday, August 17 and two practices at 8:30 a.m., and 2:00 p.m., on Wednesday, August 18.
Stevenson's final on-field practice of training camp will be on Thursday, August 19 at 8:30 a.m.
Hottle added, "Our team motto is brick-by-brick and we are looking forward to making a lot of progress during this developmental season as we begin to build a winning tradition and play our first game on September 3, 2011."