SMITHVILLE — The wait is over and the final result is a glorious one for the Smithville Warriors. The turf field project was officially completed by the Aug. 12 deadline, allowing the Smithville football squad to open its fall practice slate on a brand new surface.

“It’s really nice,” Warriors senior offensive lineman Cody Fisher said Tuesday, Aug. 13. “It’ll make it easier on all of our legs as we’re practicing and getting ready, no rolling ankles.”

“It feels great compared to the grass we’ve been practicing on. This feels like we’re stepping on cushions,” senior defensive lineman Cody McKimens said. “A new field brings us together and makes us want to produce more. We won’t want to lose here.”

Smithville coach Jason Ambroson is also pleased with the final product.

“It’s awesome to be out here. We have a really nice surface,” he said. “They worked around the clock to get it done. I’m just proud that we’re on it and proud that we’re out here ready to get some work done because we have a lot of work to do.”

That work started Monday, Aug. 12, as the Warriors ran through position and team drills in helmets and shorts.

“It feels great. I love it,” Fisher said. “The energy is fun but getting back together with everyone is great. We’re all super close.”

The Warriors will need to replace 11 defensive starters from last year’s historic squad. Smithville marched all the way to the state semifinal round in 2018.

“There’s a new energy out here,” McKimens said. “I’ve never felt like I have right now, full of confidence and ready to go.”

Sports Editor Adam Burns can be reached at or 389-6643.

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