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Thayer boys already focused on football

Thursday, August 2, 2012

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After a summer of hitting the weight room, Thayer Junior High and High School players got to have some football fun the week of July 23. A football camp allowed players to run some plays, as well as participate in agility drills. It was good preparation for Aug. 6, the start of two-a-day practices. Photo by Steven Looney [Order this photo]
With the opening of the new school year closing in, most young men may be thinking about a trip to the drive-in or jumping in a swimming hole.

But, for members of Thayer Junior High and High School teams, hot summer days are just another day at the office.

The week of July 23, a training camp was held at the high school field to get players motivated for the start of fall practices -- two a day practice sessions will begin Monday, Aug. 6. During the camp, there were agility drills, and players got a chance to run through some plays.

Most players were able to show they are in pretty good shape, since they haven't taken much time off during the summer. A lot of visits to the weight room, and other camps have been their vacation routines.

Head football Coach Billy Webber and assistants Matt and Marc Pitts have made sure the weight room has been open and assessible all summer, and the workouts should have most players ready to strap on pads and step onto the practice field.

Two major summer camps, where players learned and competed with other schools, should have players accustomed to performing in very hot weather, and, looking ahead, coach Webber said players will be expected to get serious quickly.

"Our first four games are going to be a real tough test. Starting out, we'll face the always dangerous and speedy Hayti Indians," Coach Webber said, adding he was also concerned about the Highland Rebels. Webber said he had seen Highland play one game last season, and knows they have quite a few very talented players returning.

At last week's camp, there were plenty of water breaks, but the sharp toot of coaches' whistles sent the Bobcats back to the field for continued training exercises.



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