Two-a-day practices are right around the corner for Cuyahoga Falls football. 

The Black Tigers showed off their preparations for the 2019 season by hosting their third annual Lift-A-Thon Tuesday night at the Cuyahoga Falls High School weight room. About 50 Black Tigers participated in the Lift-A-Thon, maxing out their weights in the bench press and dead lift, as well as being timed in the 40-yard dash.

Falls head coach Shane Parker, entering his third year in charge of his alma mater, said he was very happy with the changes happening within the program.

"I think our culture is changing and I think a big part of that change started here in the weight room," Parker said. "When we put the bell up in the weight room, it was there for the kids to ring every time a kid breaks a new personal record. It’s a way for everyone to get fired up as a team. You can see they are supporting each other."

The event Tuesday was open to the public and drew about 100 friends and family to see the players work out. Hot dogs and hamburgers were served by the Cuyahoga Falls coaching staff.

After seeing Falls go 1-19 in his first two years as head coach, Parker said his team’s strength and effort has improved dramatically heading into the 2019 season.

"I think it’s night and day," Parker said. "It’s because of the investment the kids have made in terms of working out. The ones that have have seen it pay dividends. It speaks volumes about the team."

Cuyahoga Falls football will open its 2019 season by hosting Parma Normandy Aug 30 at 7 p.m. at Clifford Stadium.

Reporter Michael Leonard can be reached at 330-541-9442, mleonard@recordpub.com or @MLeonard_GHO