Lance Scranton: Looking forward to fall

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Lance Scranton

It’s sometimes difficult to explain to parents the level of dedication required to play high school football.

Back when I was in high school, you showed up in the fall, looked around and hoped you were going to have a decent team. The coach ran us into the ground to get us in shape and then we began the season.

Times have changed. If you show up for our Fall Training Camp and we haven’t seen you all summer, you will definitely be lost.

June, July and August are spent preparing players for fall training camp by offering weightlifting and speed training. When mandatory practice begins in August, there is an expectation that players have been paying attention to the opportunities afforded them by the coaching staff.

Every year our goal is to win the 3A WSL and move on the Playoffs.

With these shared goals in mind, we took 22 players to the 4-day CSU-Pueblo last week to install our redesigned offensive and defensive schemes.

It was HOT! We did a bunch of HITTING and we learned how to take the HEAT!

Our success was in large part because of a group of players who have set some challenging goals.

Bubba Ivers, Michael Samuelson, Tyler Hildebrandt and Jarret Walt each had some great moments and will need to continue their consistent play this fall if we are going to reach our ultimate goal.

Levi Ogden and Josh Pritchard began to play linebacker the way we knew they were capable of and made some fantastic reads and crushing tackles. We’re really looking forward to their leadership this fall.

Garrett Stewart threw his weight around like a 220 pounder on both sides of the ball and made plays that earned him recognition from the CSU-Pueblo coaching staff.

Ryder Seely was easily the most improved player on both sides of the ball and has bolstered our confidence in his ability to make plays this fall.

Zach Beauchamp, Dru Nielsen, Mike Story, Dustin Kennedy, Sheldon Greenwood and Keith Smith will be important players on our offensive and defensive lines and we will need them to play well if our team is to enjoy success.

Connor Pogline was a terrific surprise and we hope his playmaking abilities will be on display this fall.

Jake Teeter spent time on the sidelines with an allergic reaction but when playing will be a difference-maker for us.

Brayden Peterson used the camp to show us that he needs to be an important part of our team success this year.

Joe Camilletti, Trace Walt, Josh Miller, Curtis Bowser and Cory Summers were introduced to what it takes to be a varsity football player and will be a critical part of our future success.

Every coach at MCHS is challenging players to improve their skills this summer and I know that the upcoming 2012-13 school year will prove bountiful for the Bulldogs!

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