On Saturday morning, Jeremiah Fiscus, head football coach for McPherson College, hosted an 8-man football camp for four teams at McPherson Stadium.
The teams included Moundridge High School, Canton-Galva High School, St. John's High School and Macksville High School. All four teams came to showcase their talents in a non-contact, yet aggressive, scrimmage. It was also the opportunity for the players to get noticed by Fiscus and his Bulldog coaching staff.
"Having stuff like this, especially when we're driving 10 miles, is huge," Moundridge Head Coach Jeremiah Meeks said. "Kids get a look and get some offers. The more they play, the better, especially the young kids."
Meeks, going into his third season with the Wildcats, liked the progression he saw from his his defense and offensive line. Meeks expects his veteran front to be the centerpiece this coming year.
"We got some nice pieces there," Meeks said. "Our offensive line, which I thought will be our strong suit. I got really good guards, pretty good tight ends."
One of the other brighter spots Meeks saw was the improvements of his returning quarterback Corbin Unruh, who completed 70 percent of his throws against Canton-Galva. It also helped that he has his primary target in Brady Helms making some of the catches for the Wildcats.
"Our quarterback has put the work during the spring throwing on his own," Meeks said. "His footwork is fixed and throwing a good ball, which is a huge sign if we want to throw the ball a little bit, we'll be alright."
For Canton-Galva, Shelby Hoppes liked the aggressiveness from his players. The Eagles showed more physicality against the Wildcats all morning. Even only wearing helmets and shoulder pads, the defense still made some hits as if they were in full pads.
"When you come to these summer camps like this, you haven't worked with the team as much, and your execution is going to be up and down, but as long as you are the most physical team on the football field, you'll always have a chance to succeed," Hoppes said.
The Eagles will not have any problems filling some position holes because everyone is coming back including Landon Everett at quarterback. After just being one win away in playing for the state championship, the Eagles have grown to become veteran leaders after a successful season.
" Last year, we started to learn how to be leaders, but now the group of juniors, sophomores has become juniors and seniors,” Hoppes said. “That's when it becomes so special when that group gels in that leadership."
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