High school football players prepare for summer passing camp

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) — We’re just weeks away from the start of fall sports practice for high school football teams, but many area teams have been working hard this summer to get a head start. forward to the next season.

With less than a month to go until the high school football season begins, area teams are getting extra work ahead of the start of fall sports practices with turnaround camps, like this one at Watertown High where the Cyclones and the Indian River Warriors were on the grass.

The coaches say these camps are important to them and to the players.

“It’s really crucial to be here every week and really get to know these guys who come from JV. It’s a learning experience for us and for them as well because we’re trying to understand where these kids are at,” Watertown football coach Kyle LaLonde said.

“It’s very important for our children to have an idea of ​​what we want to do throughout the season. It just gives everyone a boost. There’s also a bit of excitement about football,” Indian River football coach Cory Marsell said.

It’s also a chance to get back into football shape, with older players honing their skills and refreshing their memory of the playbook, and younger players getting a taste of college football for the first time.

“We want the whole team to work together like a machine, like a family so that we can bond together,” said Watertown senior Tristin Clifford.

“Oh, that’s really important. It’s important for us to get off to a good start because we have a lot of challenges this year. We want to get into the right headspace before we have to face anybody,” Watertown senior Tayvon Johnson said.

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“We just have to work on discipline and make sure our minds are ready for the season because it’s a long journey,” said Watertown senior Sixto Quiles.

“Get all the guys here. Get them ready, get ready for the season, get more experience for the younger guys, get everyone together,” Indian River junior Brady Lynch said.

“It gets everybody in shape, in the spirit of football, bringing our buddies together. You know, getting in shape, getting stronger for the season,” Indian River junior Connor McMahon said.

Although it’s called a passing camp, the coaches say they work on all aspects of the game with their players, so they can jump straight into game preparation when fall practices begin.

“Mainly working on skills like good stances, good starts, good technique to run our routes, good throwing technique for our quarterbacks, different formations,” LaLonde said.

“Just your basics. You want to know the basic covers. Plus, you get to see their athleticism and get them in good positions,” Marsell said.

Work through the scorching summer days to make it through the upcoming high school football season.

First place Watertown Red and Black open the home portion of their 2022 Empire Football League schedule on Saturday night at George Ashcraft Field, where they host the Plattsburgh Northstars. Kick-off scheduled for 7 p.m.

It’s a great opportunity for fans to get to know the team, with free entry to the game courtesy of FX Caprara.

It’s the first meeting between the 2 teams this season and it’s a battle of 2 rivals.

Playing in Plattsburgh is something Ashcraft looks forward to every season.

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“Oh, it’s definitely, you know, since 1991. We’ve had – It’s about a 50/50 split on wins and losses, really. We’ve won a lot of big games, but so have they. is a rivalry. It’s also a nice friendly rivalry. It was never a joke where, you know, you don’t like people. That’s what makes it fun,” George Ashcraft said.

As the SU Football team continues its fall camp, one of the main focal points for the team to succeed this season is on the offensive line.

Injuries and lack of depth have plagued Syracuse in recent seasons, but last year there were bright spots with the line opening holes for Sean Tucker en route to nearly 1,500 rushing yards.

The big weakness in 2021 for the o line was pass protection, allowing 33 sacks.

This season, Orange will be looking to change that.

“Much more regularity compared to last year. I think we did a good job in the running game, but we need to do better in the passing game, pass protection. I don’t know where we are right now, but I think we’re pretty low in the standings, so we have to do better,” said offensive lineman Matthew Bergeron.

“We haven’t had a stable offensive line since, you know when, and I’m not going to talk about that. It’s frustrating for me and it’s God’s will. I mean, it’s not like anyone is doing anything wrong, but if this is the season where everything works out and we can keep our top 7 guys there, let’s go. I didn’t say 5 if I could just play with 7,” coach Dino Babers said.

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