Football camp a win-win

Coaches and kids learning together

The scouts were out at the two-week Jr. Trojan Football Camp at Mackle Park, which ended today.

The Macro Eagles Football Organization sponsored the camp for would-be football players from 6 to 13. Many of them will be playing on the Eagles football teams.

Steve Pricer, Lely head football coach, and his staff conducted the camp, with some assistance from Eagles coaches, when they weren’t looking at the kids as prospects for their teams.

“I like working with kids this age,” Pricer said. “I am amazed how much they already know because of what the Eagles coaches have taught them. And much of what they know is what we do at Lely.”

Greg West, Eagles coach, said, “We teach our kids some of the same material that Lely uses so that when they get there they have a head start in producing.”

Pricer said his staff teaches the basic fundamentals and gets the kids to understand the physical tools they have to become better.

As for plays, “They learn what most kids learn,” Pricer said. “We take plays from college, some from the pros. There are kids here learning plays run by the Tampa Bay (Buccaneers).”

Pricer knows the value of Marco to his football program.

“We like having this camp,” he said. “It gives them and us a chance to know each other. The incoming freshmen (football) class will be tremendous and many of them will be from Marco. They will know the basics and learned from this organization to bust their butts to improve.”

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