By Stephen Tsai
MERIDIAN, Idaho — The Warriors practiced for a little more than 2 hours at Meridian High School, whose nickname is ... the Warriors.
"That's why we picked this place," head coach Greg McMackin mused.
It was chosen, in fact, because it was about 4 miles from the hotel where the team is staying. And Meridian's field is an artificial surface.
The Warriors went through their menu of plays, and the defense did well, with linebacker Corey Paredes intercepting three passes during 7-on-7 drills. "We're going to make you a slot," slotback Greg Salas yelled to Paredes.
The drama came with about 30 minutes remaining. The players noticed that a man, hiding behind a fence, was shooting video of the practice. Strength coach Tommy Heffernan was alerted. Heffernan, in full sprint, approached the guy, who began packing his video equipment. Heffernan received rousing applause when he returned to the playing field.
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