By Jeremy McDonald
TURNER, Ore.—It’s that time of year where football and the fall sports season gears up for the season ahead. But first, before the practices gear up and the pads start popping heading towards that first Friday Night game at the end of August, there is some fun.
With the breeze going as nature’s air conditioner gears up cooling off the recent heat from the heatwave, the practice field next to the tennis courts and in the outfield of the baseball field nearby, Cascade Head Coach Brandon Bennett and the Cougar football program were in their second-day of their program’s Kid’s Camp.
“After last years camp, that was my second-year running the middle school camp it was a fantastic turnout. This year I think we’re 20 kids more so we’re right around 70 kids out here which is fantastic,” said Bennett of the camp as Day 2 started. “We’re starting our new Flag Football League at the fifth and sixth-grade level, so we invited fifth and sixth grade out which I think helps out with the numbers. Then we have a solid group of seventh and eighth graders that are ready hopefully to repeat what last year’s eighth grade crew with that 6-0 run.”
Of those 70 or so kids this year, there was four girls out going full force with the guys by running routes and catching passes and partaking in the tackling drill at the start of the camp Tuesday evening.
“I think it’s awesome,” said Bennett on having girls taking part in the camp. “Third trimester we ran a zero-period weight lifting and we had two girls in it and to see that we have four girls out here now is awesome to bridge that gap that it’s not a guys-only sport, but whoever has a little bit of nasty in them can go out and play.”
With the second day progressing, guys like Ethan Coffey and Elijah Nolan helped the skills position players while others like Kyle McAlister helped out the linemen in walking through technique, where to line-up and go with their first step or how to hit the sled as they look to leave their lasting impression on these youngsters before it’s their turn to do the same things they are teaching these kids this week.
The camp continues on Wednesday from 6-8pm and against on Thursday and Friday at the same times. Cascade will close out kids camp Friday with a fun little 4-on-4 tournament.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald