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Justin Dugan (left) and Cole White attended the USA Football Academy to help prepare for their first season of 11-man football as seventh graders at Craig Middle School. Dugan and White said the camp improved their respective games and has given them a leg up on competition before the CMS season starts.

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Craig youths participate in national football camp

Some local aspiring football players are looking to be at their best for their first season of middle school football. Cole White and Justin Dugan, both 12, will be entering the seventh grade at Craig Middle School this fall, and plan on playing for the school’s football team. For both players, it will be their first foray into organized, 11-man football. Dugan and White have played in the Doak Walker football leagues, which are eight-man teams, before. They decided to get a jump on learning the new game by attending the USA Football Player Academy June 25-28 in Denver.

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