Carson City-Crystal hosting football camps this month

By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 9:50 am on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Carson City-Crystal Eagles get ready defensively against the Evart Wildcats in the first round of the MHSAA playoffs last year.

CARSON CITY — There is really no offseason in football. Especially with a little more than four weeks before the start of the high school season.

Carson City-Crystal is getting ready for the season with a series of camps this month. The Eagles will be hosting camp for any area, high school aged player, on Thursday and again on July 24. A three-day camp will also be held July 28-30. All camps take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

All camps are free.

“We will work on all kinds of things at the camps,” Eagles varsity coach Devin Pringle said. “We will work on man coverage and different techniques, pass routes, catching the football, just a lot of basic skill stuff.”

In addition to the camps, the Eagles are preparing for the season with 7-on-7 passing camps. The first one took place last Tuesday at Ithaca. Another one will take place Tuesday, again at Ithaca, and on July 22 at Greenville.

Despite being a primarily running team, Pringle said passing camps can help the team to exploit the opponents defense.

“It went real well. I’m a little old-school and we are going to try to punch you in the mouth and move the ball three or four yards at a time,” he said. “I think with what we do, it does present some big play opportunities in the passing game. Teams start to bring the safeties up to stop the run and we have to be able to take advantage of that.”

The Eagles will also host a 7-on-7 passing camp July 29 (during the three-day camp) with Chesaning, which is coached by former Eagles coach Jason Gray.

“We did it last year with Chesaning and it was a lot of fun,” Pringle said. “We had a cookout after for both teams and made a nice day of it.”

The three-day camp will focus on the Eagles wing-T offense.

“The three-day camp is more of a wing-T based camp,” Pringle said. “We focus more on running the ball and fundamentals. It’s focused toward things that go with Wing-T football.”

Carson City-Crystal went 10-1 last year while winning the Mid-State Activities Conference title. Its lone loss was in the district final at home against Pewamo-Westphalia (20-14).

With the season fast approaching, Pringle said the Eagles are ready for the year, but will be young.

“We have to replace a lot of kids. I think we have to replace eight starters on offense and six on defense,” Pringle said. “We will be in a bit of a rebuilding mode, but the kids have been great. The work ethic and the commitment has been great.

“We don’t plan on handing the league title off to anyone without a fight, that’s for sure,” he added.

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