Players at the Big Blue Football Camp run through a tunnel of Moffat County High School coaches and players at the camp's conclusion Thursday evening. The camp showed youths from kindergarten through fifth grade the fundamentals of football.

Photo by Nate Waggenspack

Players at the Big Blue Football Camp run through a tunnel of Moffat County High School coaches and players at the camp's conclusion Thursday evening. The camp showed youths from kindergarten through fifth grade the fundamentals of football.

Football camp targets next generation of Bulldogs

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Colton Jones, 9, runs through a tackle dummy Thursday at the Big Blue Football Camp at Moffat County High School.

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Cort Murphy, 8, gets low to make a tackle Thursday at the Big Blue Football Camp.

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Hudson Jones, 7, practice his kicking at the Big Blue Football Camp on Thursday at Moffat County High School.

— The next generation of Moffat County footballers got to work this week.

Boys from kindergarten through fifth grade attended the Big Blue Football Camp at Moffat County High School on Tuesday and Thursday to learn the fundamentals and basics of just about every aspect of football. The two-day camp involved just an hour of work per day between the children and Moffat County High School coaches and players, but each session was jam-packed with football.

Campers were shown the ins and outs on the defensive line and linebacking as well as the basics of running, throwing, catching and kicking the ball.

“It’s the fundamentals,” head coach Kip Hafey said. “We show them the offensive and defensive fundamentals of football and even get some work in on special teams.”

The main goal of the camp is to provide a fun time and get area youths excited about football.

“It’s a fun time. They get to experience football in a nonthreatening environment, and we keep them moving the whole time,” Hafey said.

It also gives the boys a chance to meet and interact with the current and former Bulldogs football players, whom they watch Friday nights in the fall. To assistant coach Shane Hadley, that is one of the most valuable aspects of the camp.

“I love getting the kids together with the high school's guys,” Hadley said. “It’s good to have that interaction because they look up to these guys so much.”

Hadley addressed the campers at the end of the day Thursday, saying he hoped he would see them playing on the Bulldog Proving Grounds years down the broad. His son, Shandon, who is finishing up his freshman year at Moffat County, attended Big Blue camps years ago and helped lead the drills this year.

“We are starting to see that come full circle,” Hadley said.

Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@craigdailypress.com

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