December 1, 2011
Pleasant Grove football practices are short and effective

Without the luxury of its own lighted football stadium, Pleasant Grove shoehorned on-campus practices from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. this week.

But the two-hour practices aren't out of the ordinary, per coach Joe Cattolico's philosophy that more isn't necessarily better.

And who can argue. The defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division I champion Eagles are 25-2 over the last two seasons as they prepare to play Granite Bay in Saturday's D-I final at Sacramento State.

"We never practice more than two hours," Cattolico said. "But this week was a challenge because it gets dark so early."

The bigger issue for Cattolico is that Pleasant Grove's practice field is grass. The Eagles play their games on artificial-surfaced fields, including home games at nearby Sheldon High School.

"We practice on a surface we don't play on, so that's maybe a little bit of a challenge," Cattolico said.

When school was out last week during Thanksgiving break, the Eagles practiced at Sheldon, which is three miles north of the Pleasant Grove campus.

But when school is in session, the Eagles stay on campus.

"The logistics of getting over there are tough," Cattolico said. "We have a few kids with cars, but not very many."

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