Ellison High School hosted its annual football clinic for incoming sixth through ninth graders this week. The four-day clinic began Monday at Ellison.
“We want to try and get the incoming ninth-graders as involved as possible,” said Bret Boyd, the Eagles’ head coach. Coach Bren Jones leads the clinic.
The clinic is aimed toward teaching fundamentals to younger players, and between 35 and 40 youth made an appearance on Monday. The fundamentals that are covered hit every part of the field, from proper throwing technique to receiving, three-point stances, drills and special teams.
“We try to teach them how we do it,” said Jones. “That way, they have a guideline and I feel like it puts us ahead of the game.”
This is Jones’ fifth year to lead the camp.
“It’s a lot of fun,” Jones said. “It’s good to get to know some of the kids and to let them know we want to get involved. They have really good attitudes,” Jones said that at the end of the camp on Thursday a highlight film is shown and awards are given out to several participants. There are also a few pickup games to let the players put what they have learned to use.
Jones said that the incoming ninth-graders are usually split from the rest of the group and worked with separately.
“We let them take a shot at all the positions, find out where they work the best,” Boyd said. “It’s a lot of fun for them to get awards on Thursday.”
Monday saw the players learn the correct three-point stance as well as practicing pass blocks, run blocks and coming off the ball quickly.
“Not all of them will need to know the three-point stance for their position, but it’s still what we use to run 40s,” Jones said.
While the younger players were learning the basics, the older players were trailing out of the Eagles Nest after hitting the weight room at 7:30 a.m.
“We’re trying to get big, get stronger,” said sophomore Jon Gonzales.
“Our goal, we just want to be more prepared than anyone else,” said senior John Bowman.
The team is preparing for its first game against cross-town rival Killeen High School. The rivalry dates back to when the two schools were the only ones in the city and is still one of the most anticipated match-ups in the pre-season.
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