Junior Mason Updike, left, jukes past senior Zach Raftopoulos, right, Wednesday at Moffat County High School’s open football camp. The MCHS varsity football team will have its first game at 7 p.m. Aug. 27 against Evergreen High School at MCHS.

Photo by Ben Bulkeley

Junior Mason Updike, left, jukes past senior Zach Raftopoulos, right, Wednesday at Moffat County High School’s open football camp. The MCHS varsity football team will have its first game at 7 p.m. Aug. 27 against Evergreen High School at MCHS.

3-day football camp comes to a close in Craig

With the Moffat County High School fall sports season officially starting Monday, Bulldog football players were able to get in a little preseason action this week.

The football open camp started Monday and wrapped up Wednesday, and MCHS head coach Kip Hafey said the camp accomplished what he hoped it would.

“A big part of it is getting kids used to the offense,” he said. “We have a lot of new guys, so we want them to get used to the offense.

“Likewise with the defense — we want them to be familiar with it before the first week of practice.”

This year, packing as much into the practices as possible will be especially important, Hafey said.

“We really only have 10 days of practice before our first game,” he said. “We still have a lot to cover, so when we start, we want to make sure they are all ready to roll.”

The team’s first game will be two weeks from today, when MCHS plays Evergreen High School at 7 p.m. Aug. 27 at their home field, 900 Finley Lane.

With about 50 athletes taking the field, Hafey said the team is closing in on its objective.

“We’re hoping to have over 50 kids come out this year,” he said. “For a (division) 3A school that’s only 40 kids away from being 2A, 50 kids would be awesome.”

Of the approximately 50 who turned out for the three-day camp, Hafey said a few things stuck out.

“It was pretty obvious a lot of kids have been working out a lot this summer,” he said. “We wanted to break them in before practice started, and a lot of the guys are already in good condition.

“I was very impressed with how much work they put in over the summer.”

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