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Craig Middle School athletes learn next-level skills at Bulldog Football Camp

As the gridiron season gets in gear for Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School alike, Bulldogs at both levels are picking up steam.

MCHS football’s camp provided two nights of drills and scrimmages Monday and Tuesday at the Bulldog Proving Grounds as the athletes joining the seventh- and eighth-grade teams this fall got a crash course in what will be expected from them in years to come.

MCHS coaches and varsity players provided instruction in the game for CMS, namely the different playbook under first-year Bulldog head coach Jamie Nelson.

“A lot of the things we’re teaching our guys now, we’re teaching them too, and then fine-tuning it and accelerate that learning curve,” Nelson said. “They can learn anything, you’ve just to keep teaching them and keep challenging them.”

Nelson noted an emphasis on a rushing offense with some passing at the middle school level, as well as prepping linemen for what they’ll see in the future.

“It’s gonna be a very big change, and I think it’ll be a good change,” said Tony Maneotis, who will oversee the eighth-grade squad. “We’ll be able to develop what he wants, so they can jump right in as freshmen and start playing ball.”

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Maneotis said it also challenges him to rethink his calls as a coach.

“With this new scheme, I’ve gotta get away from my 2-4-6-8 hole calling to different calls altogether,” he said. “I’m excited, and I think the kids are excited from high school on down.”

An athletic meeting — for fall sports including football, volleyball, cross country and cheer as well as winter and spring sports — takes place at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at CMS.

For football, an equipment checkout starts at 8 a.m. Aug. 17, moving into early morning sessions the week before the start of the school year and after-school practices beginning Aug. 27.