Ground and pound: Moffat County football team returns from camp |

Ground and pound: Moffat County football team returns from camp

Joshua Gordon

Incoming junior Bubba Ivers, center, takes the snap from the shotgun during a scrimmage last season. The Moffat County High School varsity football team went to a three-day football camp from June 9 to 11 at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. Defensive coordinator Lance Scranton said the camp gave coaches a chance to work individually with players.

After a few summer weightlifting sessions the past couple of weeks, the Moffat County High School varsity football team got back on the field for the first time this year.

The Bulldogs took 35 varsity and junior varsity players to the University of Wyoming's three-day camp June 9 to 11 in Laramie.

Lance Scranton, the team's defensive coordinator, said it was an opportunity for MCHS coaches to get a feel for next season.

"We had an opportunity to do some individual coaching and team coaching," he said. "We got to face some really tough competition and got a look at our offense and defense."

The team was able to run drills and scrimmage other teams during the camp, which in-

cluded 20 other teams from Colorado and Wyoming.

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Scranton said one of the primary reasons for going to the camp was to give players a look at different positions.

"We put players in positions they may not normally play and see how they do," he said. "A lot of guys stepped up and it will only make us a deeper team."

Two of the standouts, Scranton said, were incoming juniors, quarterback Bubba Ivers and running back Michael Samuelson.

"I have played running back every year except for last year, when I was a lineman," Samuelson said. "It gave me a new appreciation for the guys who block for me and helped me in blocking out of the backfield for other running backs."

Still, Scranton said, it took the entire team to compete against the bigger 5A schools at camp.

"The bigger schools have more players and have a rotation scheme they put in place," he said. "A lot of our players play the entire game and our linemen never get subbed out."

Samuelson said along with scrimmages, the players also participated in 7-on-7 drills and pass rushing drills.

The camp, Samuelson said, was a bonding experience for the team.

"The camp gives an idea of what the next season will be like and lets the coaches know who is here to play and who isn't," he said. "We had the older guys as well as the incoming freshman go and it gave us all a chance to play together as a team."

MCHS is coming off a 6-4 overall season, and 5-2 league mark. The Bulldogs narrowly missed the playoffs.

The Bulldogs will not officially start practice until Aug. 15, with the first game scheduled for Aug. 26 at Evergreen.

Scranton said until then, the team would continue to be in the weight room.

"We will get on the field a little in July, but to compete in this league we need to be in the weight room as much as possible," he said. "We will get some speed training from Brandi Babin, as well, but we want to make sure the guys don't lose what they worked for all last season in the weight room."

But, Scranton also said MCHS coaches understand it is summer vacation for the players.

"We want the kids to have a good summer and give them space before the season starts," he said. "When we do get started, it gets pretty intense."

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To the editor:

Thank you to all the parents who supported our high school football players this past week at the University of Wyoming football camp.

Thirty-five players made their way to Laramie, Wyo., for a three-day, crash-and-smash, full-contact, high-powered, dawn-to-dusk battle with 21 other schools from Colorado and Wyoming.

We want to extend our appreciation for how you place your faith and trust in us to look after your children for three grueling days of “manhood” training.

Many, if not all, of the players leave camp each year with a better perspective of who they are and what football means to other football players and coaches.

Your children are as valuable to us as they are to you. Again, thank you.

Lance Scranton (defensive coordinator, assistant coach)

Kip Hafey (offensive coordinator, head coach)

Ron Linsacum (assistant coach)

James Neton (assistant coach)

Ken Olinger (assistant coach)

Derek Duran (assistant coach)

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