Varsity football prospects at Northwest Collegiate Technical Academy strike a pose during a weightlifting break on Wednesday. The Vikings last played a live down on Nov. 8, 2019.

LITTLETON — 614 days. 87 weeks.

Or, for those scoring by way of another calendar, one year, eight months and six days.

Much time, indeed, between the 2019-2020 regular-season finale at Northwest Collegiate and Technical Academy, and Wednesday’s determined workout, conducted in the weight room with specific purpose.

“Right now, we’re doing, it’s an injury prevention kind of setup,” NCTA head coach Tyrone Hargrove said of the group’s regimen, which will go on hiatus next week in step with the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s second dead period. “It’s a long season … it will (the workouts) kind of prevent the injuries this year.”

Any players interested in getting ahead of this season’s physical curve can do so from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

The Vikings kick off the 2021-2022 season on Aug. 20 at North Pitt.

KIPP, SCPA to open at midnight

In a text message to The Herald on Thursday, KIPP Pride head coach Geoffrey Muma confirmed that his outfit will open the 2021-2022 season at midnight on Aug. 2.

And to clarify, that’s Sunday, as it will turn into Monday — a time slot also being observed at Southeast Collegiate Prep Academy.

Navy and teal slate

Northampton County, seeking to develop the momentum it gained during a second straight appearance in the NCHSAA 1A East Region title clash, will test itself twice in the 2A weight class before entering Tar Roanoke league play in mid-September.

The Jaguars open the season on Aug. 20 versus Roanoke Rapids, then host Washington three weeks later.

Both the Yellow Jackets and the Pam Pack enjoyed solid spring campaigns, combining for a 12-4 mark and two postseason appearances.