Reed City football team focuses on skills camp

REED CITY —  It was starting to feel like summer football earlier this week.

With temperatures near 90, Reed City football players still began work on their four-day football skills camp on Monday. It’s the last portion of a busy summer schedule that will now lead into the regular practice season starting on Aug. 10.

“We’re going to kind of put it all together now,” Reed City coach Monty Price said. “We’ve been working on blocking and the fundamentals for blocking. Now we’ll bring it all together and incorporate all facets of offense and defense.”

Each skills camp session is for 2 1/2 hours.

“Like every high school program, there’s camps going on all over the state,” Price said. “We’re no different. We’re hoping for 50 to 60. It’s up a little bit (from previous seasons).

“It’s been scheduled since April. Unfortunately, it was scheduled on the hottest day of the summer. We’ll find out how tough our kids are. We have the water horse all day. They can get water whenever they need it.”

The camp is for all high school-aged players. It’s especially important for the freshmen, Price indicated.

“This is crucial for the new kids, especially our young kids  soon to be freshmen and those coming out for the first time,” Price said. “We have a few of those kids too. It gives us an opportunity to take it slow and teach some fundamentals and techniques that are crucial for our offense and defense and give them a little bit of a head start on the game and get them ready for the season.

“The kids are coming along well. The blocking camp has been a success. We have a lot of kids lifting and working hard. Attendance has been great. Now we’re checking in on their attitudes, work ethic and coachability during camp and seeing what some of these kids are made of.”

The weight room will be open prior to the start of the preseason camp on Aug. 10 for strength and conditioning workouts, Price noted.