MISSOULA, Mont. -

Friday was an exciting day for local high school football teams as the first official practices started up.  One of those teams who got things underway with the first of their two-a-day practices was Missoula Big Sky.

The Eagles struggled last year going just 3-7, but the team won three of its final four games to close out the season, something the Eagles are looking to build off in 2014.

"You know we're really excited, especially the way we finished last year," said Big Sky head football coach Matt Johnson. "We had a lot of juniors playing last year, a couple sophomores, so you know a lot of these guys are back. They have a bad taste in their mouth from how bad last season went and part of it was due, we had a lot of injuries really early, as we got everybody healthy we showed a lot of potential where we could be and so everybody coming back is super excited, and they're ready to go, they've been ready for about six months now."

"It's been pretty exciting because we've been building up the anticipation from going in the weight room and then camp really set the tone for this season," said Eagles senior Matt Murphy. "We're pretty excited to get out and get back to the grind. Last year we ended on a pretty high note we won three of our last four games so we're trying to keep it going."

"Well we've been in there working in the weight room, working all summer and just camp kind of got us like a taste of it and now we're just really ready to go," said Eagles senior Colin Bingham. "Last year we finished the season really well and we're hoping not to take a step back at all and just keep firing on all cylinders as the season goes on, just continue to improve."

The Eagles open up the season on the road at Helena High, Friday August 29th.