As part of their summer football program, the Crook County High School football team recently participated in a team camp at Linfield University.
>Coaches pleased with progress team made during football camp
“It went really well,” said head coach Ryan Cochran. “We had a great three or four days there and the kids made a ton of progress.”
Cochran was especially pleased that some of the younger players on the team were able to contribute during the camp.
“We had quite a few sophomores step up and have a solid camp,” he said.
Although the team scrimmaged with other schools at the camp, Cochran was more concerned with the progress his team made rather than the scores from the scrimmages.
“It’s all about getting better, and getting ready for the season,” he said.
Three Cowboys in particular stood out at the camp, receiving All-camp honors.
Marcus Greaves, who missed the end of last season with a shoulder injury, was selected to the All-camp team as both a running back and defensive lineman.
Jason Williams was also named a two-way All-camp performer as both an offensive and defensive lineman.
The final Cowboy to be recognized at the camp was offensive lineman Stephen Morgenstern.
“They worked their tails off,”?Cochran said. “Morgenstern came miles since last year. Him and Williams have been in the weight room every time we open the doors. It just shows what hard work can do.”
By OSAA rules, football teams are allowed only limited contact during the summer, so the Cowboys will not be participating in any more scrimmages until fall practices begin.
However, that doesn’t mean that the team isn’t going to be working out. Players were given a couple days off after the Linfield camp, and then resumed weight lifting. Team members were in the weight room this past Wednesday and Thursday, and will lift Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday next week, beginning at 6 p.m. each evening.
“Getting in the weight room is critical if we want to be successful next season,” Cochran said. “We need to be working to build strength and power.”