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King George football camp opens the door to season

They left their attitudes at the door for an opportunity to learn from the best! Why? Because there is a buzz in King George, and the closer the Aug. 30 football season opening day game against Washington & Lee gets, the louder the buzz will get.

In the blink of an eye, the high school fall sports season is upon us. Last week, for five straight days in the blistering heat of the evening sun, the King George High School football program partnered with the King George Parks and Recreation department to host their

annual football camp.

While at King George County Stadium, aspiring and current Fox football players, 12-18, showcased their agility, speed and strength skills under the watchful eye of Fox varsity football head coach Jeff Smith and his staff of assistants. Over 40 kids attended the camp. “We do a favor for parks and recreation, plus it allows us to help our kids that are coming up,” Smith said. “In the end, on August 1st, everybody will be on the same page.”

Eagerly anticipating the upcoming VHSL high school fall football season, that is scheduled to begin on Aug.

“The camp is getting us prepared for what’s going to happen on August 1st.  We have to be confident, and ready for the season.”

—Daniel Habron

1, Smith realizes the importance of recruiting the best athletes to play against area competition. Last season, the Foxes rose above the fray, and did the unthinkable by nearly defeating Smithfield in the Group AA, Region 1 Football semi-finals. After the loss, Smith was delighted to see his team go back to work with a mission to win a coveted state championship.

“When we lost against Smithfield in November, I thought the kids deserved a break,” Smith said. “I wasn’t going to open the weight-room up until January, but to my surprise, my players were knocking down my door trying to get back into the weight-room. Nowadays, my job is getting easier, because I have kids who want to be a part of King George football.”

The camp featured a variety of drill stations that focused on skills ranging from footwork to receiving. “We evaluate every kid and we coach them thoroughly—I’ve told my coaches to make sure every kid is doing the exact thing,” Smith said. “For example, if we have 30 kids at wide-receiver, all 30 kids should know what they are doing.”

Thrilled with the opportunity to experience the feel, smell, and impact of his pads on an opposing player in the not-too-distant future, Daniel Habron, rising junior, and center for the varsity football team, said, “The camp is getting us prepared for what’s going to happen on August 1st.  We have to be confident, and ready for the season.”

Photos from the football camp.

 

Leonard Banks
Sports editor

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