Future Steer football players took over Newton Field this week in preparation for the upcoming fall season. 

Athletes ranging from third to ninth grade learned the fundamentals of football from the Graham junior high and high school coaches.

The younger group, which consisted of third to sixth graders, learned the basics of every position, coach Clay McChristian said. Each athlete spent time doing drills at each position so they could get a feel for what each one does.
Donavan Barrett goes through a drill at the Graham football camp.
Donavan Barrett goes through a drill at the Graham football camp. (Tori Cummings)


“You just want to kind of develop a love, kind of a passion at this age,” McChristian said. “And walk away saying ‘I like the game of football. It's fun.'”

The older kids did spent the mornings doing specific drills based on the position they will play in the fall.

They competed in one-on-one and team drills that resemble what they will do during the season.

McChristian said the older camp was run similar to a junior high or high school practice. That way the athletes will be familiar with the terminology and workouts.

Freshman Clayton Moody knew that he needed to stay in shape and improve as a second-year football player.

Read the entire story in Wednesday's Graham Leader.