If future Moffat County High School football teams want to be successful, it starts now, junior Brady Conner said.
When the Big Blue football camp begins Monday, Conner, along with other current MCHS football players, will pass on their knowledge of the game to players in kindergarten through fifth grade.
Conner was an all-league honorable mention at tight end for the MCHS Bulldogs but will take on a mentoring role Monday.
“It’s something fun for them to do,” he said. “We want to teach kids the basics and fundamentals.”
The annual Big Blue football camp will begin at 5 p.m. Monday at the Moffat County High School field with another session Tuesday at 5 p.m.
Registration will be at 4 p.m. Monday, also at the MCHS football field.
The two-day camp works on all facets of the game, from punting to passing.
Although he will have graduated by the time his gridiron pupils reach MCHS, Conner said teaching camp is one way for the team to leave its mark.
“We want to help make a foundation,” he said. “We want to make a better high school football team.”
This year, the camp will be free for participants.
“The community has given us so much,” Conner said. “We have a really good fan base, and this is a way to give back.”
Junior lineman Michael Pank-
ey said getting younger players interested in the game is key to future success.
“We want to get them started early,” he said. “We want to help them get used to the game at a young age.”
Junior lineman Steven Wagner said knowing where a player will be on the field will make them better in the years ahead.
“We want to help them find a position, and excel in it,” he said.
Junior linebacker CJ Walt will be expected to not only lead the Bulldogs on the field next year, but also the young players at camp next week.
As captain of the Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team, Walt said he is used to being in a leadership role.
“I want them to learn dedication,” he said. “I want to show them that we made it to our senior year and that you can’t drop out as you go.”
Junior fullback and linebacker Devon Turner agreed with Walt, saying that one of the most important aspects of being on a team is perseverance
“Mostly, just to stay with it,” he said. “To be dedicated to working hard in school and on the field.”
Junior lineman Gage Spears didn’t compete in football camps when he was younger, and it’s something he regrets.
“I definitely wish I did,” he said. “It makes you a better player.”