LEROY\u00a0\u2014 The football season is getting closer and last week was a chance for youngsters to learn the game at Pine River. Lucas Hill, 13, an eighth grader, noted after the first day of last week\u2019s youth camp, conducted by the Pine River coaches, that players worked on the option, which also is the offense for the high school team. There were plenty of new things to learn, as Hill recalled. \u201cThis will be my fifth year of playing football,\u201d he said, adding that \u201crunning the plays\u201d was the most fun of being involved in the camp. Also participating was Dennis Ward, 13, an eighth grader, who has played football for five seasons. \u201cI like the sport,\u201d he said, adding that on running the option, it was \u201ceasy\u201d to learn, especially in terms of where all the players needed to be at a particular time. Participating in drills was another favorite activity for Hill. Varsity football coach Terry Martin said the entire camp attracted 90 players. The two levels were high school late in the afternoon and pre-high school during the midafternoon. \u201cI thought it went really good for both levels,\u201d he said. \u201cThe increase numbers was a huge factor. Last year we were in the high 60s. (The increase) was encouraging. The overall participation of our high school kids was pretty extraordinary. Of the 30-some kids we had in camp in the evening, probably around 75 percent of them were there during the youth (camp) as well.\u201d Martin, in his second year as coach, said the high school players will report to the school on Sunday and kick off practices on Monday. \u201cWe\u2019ll be there all day Monday,\u201d Martin said. \u201cThen we\u2019ll have a team dinner where all the parents come in to pick the kids up.\u201d The first practice starts 7 a.m on Monday. The Green & White scrimmage is set for 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16. \u201cWe\u2019ve had a really good summer, actually,\u201d Martin said.