WINDSOR (WBNG) -- The Windsor football team had to stray from tradition this year, with no midnight practice to kick off the preseason.
"It is unfortunate that we didn't get to do the midnight practice but everything felt the same and we went about it the same way," said senior tailback J.J. Latimer.
The Black Knights were eager to return to the field after the season was postponed.
"We're looking forward to it," said coach Tim Hogan. "They're going to get a season. I felt bad for the seniors. It's going to be a great time for everybody."
Coming off an impressive 2019 season, senior quarterback Ethan Reed said he's grateful to spend his last season with his teammates.
"Just to go out with the guys and have fun and really dominate as a team is what I'm really hoping for," said Reed.
After playing mostly on defense last year, Latimer is moving to the other side of the ball this season as a tailback.
"We're going to go at it with the same approach we did last year," said Latimer. "Our playbook is going to change every year like everybody's does but we're going to kind of mimic similar things."
Due to changes in class alignments, the Black Knights are preparing to face some teams they haven't played in a long time. One of those teams is Chenango Forks, which is coached by Hogan's brother, Dave Hogan.
"We've played against one another quite a few times," Hogan said. "He was in 'B' last year and Windsor was a 'C'. Most of the time we were in the same division anyway."
With the season opener against Norwich over two weeks away, Reed and Latimer are itching to get back out on the field with their teammates.
"I just want my team to go out there and be the best they can be and perform the best they can," said Latimer.
"Just getting ready for the season," said Reed. "Getting ready for each game and each week one at a time."
Windsor takes on Sidney in a preseason game Saturday, March 13.
The Black Knights kick off the regular season Friday, March 19 at 5 p.m. as they host Norwich.