“This is great. It’s great to be able to get out the pads, get out the equipment, get the kids used to it. What an opportunity that we have to get better fundamentally. We’re excited for it. I’m glad to see Colorado catching up to other states like Texas with this.”
—Kip Hafey, MCHS football head coach, about the advantages of having an extra football camp over the summer.
The Moffat County High School football team is holding its first ever camp at the high school this week, and head coach Kip Hafey is excited about the opportunities it offers his team.
Thanks to new rules passed by the Colorado High School Activities Association, high schools are allowed to have full-contact camps both at home and at a college camp. In the past, schools had to choose one and MCHS elected to go to Colorado State University-Pueblo.
Hafey and the coaching staff plan on taking full advantage of the extra time by installing a new offense this year. The Bulldogs will run a spread offense instead of the power formations seen in the past.
“This extra time is huge because it gives us a chance to install a new offense,” assistant Lance Scranton said. “We’re going to have to work on our timing and understanding it mentally, but that’s what we can do with this time.”
In addition to helping with the new offense, having two camps is big because it will push the team’s progress in the summer and protect players from injury.
“This is great. It’s great to be able to get out the pads, get out the equipment, get the kids used to it,” Hafey said. “What an opportunity that we have to get better fundamentally.
“We’re excited for it. I’m glad to see Colorado catching up to other states like Texas with this.”
The MCHS camp started Monday evening and will be every night this week from 6 to 8 p.m.
On Monday, the camp focused solely on the new offensive sets and where players were supposed to be. Tuesday will see the introduction of the defense to camp.
According to CHSAA rules, Monday and Tuesday are the days allotted for helmets only with no contact. On Wednesday, the team is allowed to play in full pads but still with no contact between players. Thursday and Friday will be the start of full-contact football for MCHS.
That will have the Bulldogs far ahead of where they’ve been in the past when heading to summer camp at college.
“In terms of conditioning, and knowing our fundamentals and having our sets more in order, this is going to be great,” Hafey said. “We’re excited about it.”
MCHS football is coming off a difficult 3-7 season in which it missed the state tournament. The Bulldogs will have their work cut out for them as the smallest team in Class-3A this season.
The offensive overhaul is one thing that the coaches hope will make a difference for MCHS this fall. Scranton said learning a new offense can be difficult, but the athletes are all-in.
“The kids are excited about it, it’s always better when the kids are excited about it,” he said. “We have a good bunch of receivers, a good bunch of upperclassmen, a great quarterback and a great tailback, so we should be alright.”
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