WEST SALEM, Wis. -

It was a day of many firsts for the West Salem football team on Tuesday.

The first practice.

"The anticipation in putting our time in the weight room in the offseason and the summer and now the rubber meets the road, so to speak."

For the first time in a decade and a half, Wayne Sackett isn't on the sidelines. Justin Jehn is the new head coach after serving as an assistant under Sackett for 11 years.

"It's always been an aspiration for me to be a head coach," said Jehn.

"While it was different to see Coach Sackett go because you're used to him being the head coach, coach Jehn is a great coach and very similar to Coach Sackett," said junior quarterback Tim Schauf.

"Energetic for sure," added senior wide receiver and linebacker Trent Kastenschmidt. "He's funny and he's just a good guy to get used to."

Tuesday was also the unofficial first day the West Salem football program competed as a member of the Mississippi Valley Conference.

"We're always going to have a competitor on the field," said Jehn. "Now it's a different school, sometimes some bigger schools to compete against. But we really need to prepare the same way."

"We can't change anything. So seeing as they're better schools in the MVC that we can play and get more competition, like Central, Holmen, Logan, teams that are really solid teams, that helps us get ready for the postseason," said Schauf.