Football’s back! Hawks preparing for Kickoff Classic


Viera High defensive backs Qunelius Phillips (left) and Garrett Kaminsky celebrate after the latter intercepts a pass during Thursday’s practice. The Hawks will open their season next Friday when they travel to Vero Beach to play the Indians in the Kickoff Classic. The regular season begins on Aug. 25 when the Hawks will host Rockedge at 7 p.m. Viera returns 15 starters from last year’s team that reached the Class 7A regional final. “We’re improving,” Viera coach Kevin Mays said. “We’re in that little area right now where it’s just practice, not looking forward to anything yet. Starting next week, it will be nice to have a game to start preparing for.”