Pine River football team conducts 3-day camp

IN A SNAP: (ABOVE) Hunter Esiline, an eight-grader at Pine River, gets help from his dad, Todd Esline, in getting the helmet to fit at the Pine River football camp on Monday. (Pioneer photos/John Raffel)
IN A SNAP: (ABOVE) Hunter Esiline, an eight-grader at Pine River, gets help from his dad, Todd Esline, in getting the helmet to fit at the Pine River football camp on Monday. (Pioneer photos/John Raffel)

LEROY — Football players of various ages have been beating the heat this week to partake in a three-day football camp at Pine River.

From Monday to Wednesday of this week, the coaches offered three age groups of instruction with grades 2-6, grades 7-8 and grades 9-12. The camp is at the high school football field.

“We’re mostly giving them technique stuff for each position,” said Pine River coach Chad Phillips. “We’re trying to climb another level each day. Mostly, it’s about trying to work on individual skills.”

There were areas of instruction for the following positions: quarterbacks, running backs, offensive linemen, wide receivers, defensive backs, linebackers and defensive linemen.

The youngest level attracted 35 players. “We’re really happy with our turnout there,” Phillips said.

There were around 15 middle school players and 25 high school athletes.

Next week will be another down period for the football team leading up to the official first day of practices on Aug. 6.

“We can’t do any football stuff,” Phillips said. “We can do some weight-lifting but nothing with the football. We can see where they’re at.”