If you go
What: Informational football parent's meeting
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Moffat County High School Library, 900 Finley Lane
For the first time since October, the varsity football team took the field.
Only this time, the players were wearing baseball hats instead of helmets.
Fall camp kicked off Monday night, one week before training camp starts.
More than 45 players turned out for the camp, which started with vertical leap and bench-pressing tests.
With more than 50 players attending June's University of Wyoming football camp, Moffat County High School football coach Kip Hafey said he expects the number of players to increase.
"That was the most kids we've ever brought to a camp," he said.
"I think this might be the most kids we've ever had show up for the fall camp. Last year, we had 40 kids come out for football."
Having the kids in camp allowed the coaches an opportunity to evaluate how far their team has come during the summer.
"This is a chance to get kids back in shape and back in the swing of things," Hafey said. "We can see how much the kids have conditioned in the summer.
"We can see which kids really worked this summer and which ones fell behind."
Hafey said players' minds also would be subject to some preseason conditioning.
"We'll be going through the plays on offense and defense," he said. "Just trying to get the kids familiar with the plays."
The camp serves as a warm-up to football camp, which starts Monday.
"This is just to prepare them for training camp," Hafey said. "This is a chance to get to work before that camp."
Once training camp starts, the pace of the practices will change, Hafey said.
"It's a lot of work and long days," he said. "We have a short time before our first scrimmage, so we really need to work hard."
The team will play Coal Ridge and Meeker at Coal Ridge at the end of August.
"Our goal is to be in the post season every year," Hafey said. "That's what the kids and coaches have always wanted, and we're going to strive to get there."
One of those players is sophomore Dario Georgiou.
Georgiou, 15, said he was enjoying his second camp more than his first.
"It's better this year because more guys showed up," he said. "It's also more physical this year."
The linebacker said knowing what to expect from the camp made it more fun.
After a summer of not being able to train because of a broken collarbone, Georgiou said he was ready to compete.
"I'm just going to try to make varsity," he said. "And keep getting stronger."
Ben Bulkeley can be reached at 875-1795 or firstname.lastname@example.org.