While many teams are getting ready for their next football game this weekend, the Saint Mary Spires will spend the weekend on a bye week.

After a 1-1 start to the season, the team will take a week off before playing the final eight conference games of the season.

The bye week kicked off Monday with leadership council members spending some time at a training in Kansas City. The 14 players across grade classes and positions had four hours of uninterrupted team building exercises that can be used with teammates as the year goes on. 

After that, the rest of the week was similar to regular weeks, but head coach Jay Osborne said there are a few differences. The first difference is the players will spend more time in the weight room. Film meetings are also limited. The freshmen also had their own scrimmage Thursday.

The bye week so early comes with benefits and challenges for the team. It allows players to heal up from injuries and get their bodies ready for the remaining games. The team can work on team building, clean up on-field issues and get more reps for the young guys. But the season is still young.

“We are just getting started,” Osborne said. “And we would like to play another game.”

With no game on Saturday, the Spires instead will travel to Bonner Springs and provide security for Y’allapalooza 2018, a country music concert. While they will be working, it will give the players a chance to relax and recharge. The job will act as a fundraiser for the program.