It’s that time of the year.

Time to don the pads, strap on the helmets and gear up for five months of knock down, drag out fights to determine the best of the best in Texas high school football.

But before a 3A champion is crowned every team in Texas begins with a clean slate, and the Glen Rose Tigers are no different.

Second year head coach Tommy Dunn and the Tigers are preparing to start two-a-days on Aug. 3.

“I think there is a general excitement among all of the coaches,” said Dunn. “It’s a chance to start over. We all have new hopes and its just full of freshness. We’re ready to get on the field and get to work.”

Dunn and the Tigers, just two years removed from the best season in Glen Rose history, look to settle position battles and prepare for another deep run into the November and December months.

With two-a-days quickly approaching the biggest concerns lie on the offensive line and linebacking corps. Glen Rose graduated four offensive linemen, each of whom saw significant time on the varsity level last season, and return no starting linebackers.

“Of course we’ll need to settle the offensive line and linebackers, but really every position is under scrutiny,” Dunn said. “Competition makes people better, so whoever makes the plays will get playing time.”

The Tigers skill players stayed sharp during the summer with 7-on-7 football. Glen Rose qualified for the state tournament July 9-10 and went 5-1 over two days to reach the semifinal round of the championship bracket.

“(Two-a-days) provide a lot more detail,” Dunn said. “We can’t really instruct during 7-on-7, but with two-a-days we can instruct immediately and watch film for more detail. It’s a lot more intense.”

Glen Rose will host Hico on Aug. 16 and travel to Lampasas on Aug. 22 for a pair of preseason scrimmages before opening the regular season in Mineral Wells on Aug. 29.