Get ahead of the game

Football camp a chance to learn skills early

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Andrew Drake didn't know what to expect in his first year of high school football. Coming in as a freshman tends to be intimidating, but thanks to the Moffat County High School football camp he attended in eighth grade, he wasn't too nervous.

"The camp helped me meet the upperclassmen and new coaches," he said. "The guys were cool and the head start gave me a little bit of confidence."

This year, Drake and the rest of his sophomore-to-be teammates will have the opportunity to welcome the eighth-graders to football in the second annual camp Monday through next Wednesday.

"The camp is for boys and girls kindergarten through eighth grade," football coach Kip Hafey said. "Our goal is to provide fun and excitement as well as life and football skills."

Hafey said the camp will consist of talks on sportsmanship as well as individual skill development and seven-on-seven games. At the end of the camp there also will be a mini-tournament.

The camp is non contact so participants need only athletic clothing and a water bottle.

"The guys who didn't go to the camp were a little behind when two-a-days started," Drake said. "We were given a chance to play with some of the upperclassmen and that was good."

The Moffat County High School coaching staff and players from the state-quarterfinals team will be in charge of the instruction.

Hafey encouraged girls to come learn about a predominately male's sport.

"We had a couple of girls last year who did well," he said. "We would like to see some more come out and try it."

The camp is from 5 to 7 p.m. each night on the varsity football field with sign up from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday. A parent or guardian must be present when a participant signs up.

The cost for the camp is $30 and includes a T-shirt.

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