Wolverines set to begin contact during annual Midnight Madness practice

Polk County linemen battle during a full-contract drill as part of the Wolverines' 2016 Midnight Madness practice.

Polk County’s football program will shift into the next phase of its preseason program early Saturday morning and invites all local fans to come view its progress.

The Wolverines will mark the start of full-contact drills with their annual Midnight Madness practice, set for Saturday at midnight in G.M. Tennant Stadium.

North Carolina High School Athletic Association rules mandate that teams must practice for five days before being allowed to have full contact on the sixth day. Saturday will be that sixth day, and Polk County will hit W.J. Miller Field as soon as the clock hits midnight to begin hitting.

Led by head coach Bruce Ollis, making his return to the program after three seasons at T.L. Hanna, Polk County will hold its first preseason scrimmage on Wednesday, hosting North Henderson, Hendersonville and East Rutherford at 6:30 p.m. The Wolverines will then travel August 11 to Bessemer City for their final preseason tuneup.

Polk County opens its regular season on August 18, hosting Chase in a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.