For the past five years, the Hotchkiss Bulldogs football team has traveled to Alamosa in June to compete in the Adams State team camp. Head coach Zac Lemon said the team was able to play several scrimmage games during the camp.
That has worked great in past seasons when the team was heavy on experience. But this year, after losing 15 seniors from their 2012 team, and with a relatively young team, Lemon said he and the coaching staff wanted to focus more on developing skills. So the team decided to hold its own camp.
"We needed more practice time," said Lemon, whose coaching staff was leading the 28 players who showed up through a series of low-impact, first-day practice drills last Monday.
While the Bulldogs could have as many as eight returning seniors, this year's team will include many young and inexperienced players and incoming freshmen. "We thought it would be more helpful to do this," said Lemon.
Camp ran from 7-11 a.m. daily, July 22-27, and was similar to a regular first-week practice session.
Practices will begin with two-a-days on Aug. 12. Not only do players get to focus on skills closer to the start of the season, "This gives us a head start on two-a-days," said Lemon.
The Bulldogs will scrimmage the Aspen Skiers on Aug. 23. Their season opener, a home game, will be against Olathe on Aug. 30.blog comments powered by Disqus