BANGS — The Kyle Maxfield coaching era in Bangs began Monday morning, as the former Brownwood Lions head coach held his first practice in charge of the Dragons program.

“It's exciting for the coaches and the players both to finally get out here and get started,” said Maxfield, who compiled a 12-9 record in two seasons at Brownwood with two playoff appearances and one bi-district championship. “There's a lot of newness in the air, but everybody's on the same page. The excitement is easy to come by on the first day, we just hope we can keep it going and every practice keep the same intensity that we started with this morning.”

The Dragons are coming off an 0-10 campaign in 2017 and have recorded just two wins over the previous three seasons.

“I feel like the attitudes are great,” Maxfield said. “After you've been on the wrong side of the coin, it's easy for that to affect your attitude. But these kids are raring to go and if we keep our attitude and work ethic up, we feel good about things.”

Monday's initial practice featured 55 players reporting.

“I feel like that's a good number for where we're at, certainly enough to work with right now,” Maxfield said.

The Dragons will put on pads for the first time Friday, but between now and then there is still much work to be done.

“The biggest thing is installing the offense and defense, not only on the field but also on the board and watching film,” Maxfield said. “On the physical side, of course we're teaching techniques and what not, but first and foremost is conditioning, getting in shape and establishing a pace in practice, a good tempo. As for the mental part, we want them really focusing on what your job is at a certain position and what's expected of you.”

The Dragons will visit San Saba on Aug. 17 in scrimmage action, then host Comanche on Aug. 23 in their second and final scrimmage.