NEWS Staff Report
Although it’s summer, there is still plenty of teaching and learning going on in San Benito.
The annual Greyhound Football Camp kicked off Monday morning at Bobby Morrow Stadium and has been a success thus far. The four-day event, put on by the Greyhound athletic department, is aimed at incoming players in grades 7-9 and is intended to get the young Greypups, Cougars, Bulldogs and freshman ’Hounds off to a good start as the season nears.
“It’s been good,” Greyhound head football coach/AD Dan Gomez said on Tuesday. “We’ve got some good numbers out here, over 140 kids. Of course, every coach always wants more kids, but the kids are getting a lot of good coaching from our high school and middle school coaches.”
The four-day camp runs from 8-10 a.m. each day and concludes on Thursday. The event features instruction from the Greyhound coaching staff as well as coaches from San Benito Veterans Memorial Academy, Berta Cabaza, Miller Jordan and Riverside middle schools. Players are being exposed to basic fundamentals of football and are getting a head start on the upcoming football campaign, which is just weeks away.
“They’re learning everything from stance and footwork, which is the most important part of football,” Gomez said. “We’re also starting to introduce some of our schemes offensively and defensively.”
Gomez, who’s readying for his first season on the San Benito sidelines, says he’s been impressed with what he’s seen from the local youngsters thus far.
“The work ethic has been good from the coaches and the players,” he said. “The players pick up things really well and that’s a plus for our program because we can get in more things to work on. The players have been following.”
The camp is usually the gateway to the high school season although there will be a one-week respite this year. Preseason workouts for high school teams which did not hold spring football begin next Monday; however, the ’Hounds did hold spring ball, so they’ll hit the field for conditioning on Monday, Aug. 11. They’ll work for two weeks under new practice guidelines leading up to their lone scrimmage at PSJA North on Friday, Aug. 22. The regular season debut takes place during Week One as San Benito hosts Edinburg High on Aug. 29.