TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Football coaches often like to say that games are not won on Friday night (high school), Saturday afternoon (college) or Sunday afternoon (NFL).
The game is won in the numerous practices and team bonding platforms that lead up to the day a team actually steps on the field.
For high school teams that means games are starting to be won right now in late May and June.
Teams from across the state have begun the summer season in which specialists will compete in 7-on-7 passing tournaments and lineman will square off in drills that include sled pushing, tug-o-wars and tractor-tire flipping.
Pima College Football hosted such a tournament this past weekend over at the Kino North Complex.
Bam McRae's Mountain View Mountain Lions beat the Catalina Foothills Falcons 27-21 to win the passing tournament while Dennis Bene's Salpointe Catholic Lancers took the lineman competition.
Many schools will compete next weekend at a similar event up at Northern Arizona University.
These camps give the players the chance to refine their competitive skills during the off-season.
Kickoff is just three months away.