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Evanston hosts annual High Uintas Football Camp

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 25th, 2013

Evanston football coach Pat Fackrell, in the red shirt, addresses players during the High Uinta Football Camp. HERALD PHOTOS/Mark Madia

EVANSTON — Evanston and Evanston High School played host to the annual High Uintas Football Camp on Thursday and Friday, June 20 and 21. Almost 300 high school football players took part, representing the Lyman Eagles, Mountain View Buffalos, Rawlins Outlaws, Rock Springs Tigers, Jackson Broncs, Big Piney Punchers, Cokeville Panthers and the host Evanston Red Devils.

High school coaches from each program, along with Colorado Mesa University football coaches, conducted the camp, which began with a 9 a.m. check-in on Thursday morning and ran through team scrimmages from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday evening, to breakfast at 7 a.m. on Friday morning, with the camp concluding near 12:30 p.m.

“Our camp just grows bigger each and every year,” Red Devils head football coach Pat Fackrell told the Herald. “To see this many kids in football gear, running up the hill to the practice field and back down to the regular field, is just awesome.”

The coach expressed his thanks to the Colorado Mesa University coaching staff, along with the Best Western Dunmar Inn for providing rooms for the coaches. The coach had high praise and additional thanks for the food-service staff at UCSD No. 1 for preparing meals; to the U.S. Army National Guard for their assistance and gifts given to the players and coaches; to Uinta State Bank for bringing their large grill on site for a hamburger fry; to his own coaching staff and the coaches and bus drivers for the other teams taking part; and to coach Ryan Berger for his help.

The camp included different stations for independent work for linemen and skills players, offensive and defensive instruction, seven-on-seven competition, full-team scrimmages and goal-line rush, with every team facing the others, with four plays on offense and four plays on defense from the 10-yard line. Both the field at Red Devils Stadium and the practice field were utilized for the camp.

Simply taking part in the camp can be a fast and furious activity. Judd Kishpaugh transported his own son, Will, and Tucker Leland from an Outlaws baseball game in Green River back to Evanston, where coach Larry Wagstaff was waiting with Kishpaugh’s and Leland’s wrestling teammates, to depart for a wrestling camp in Salina, Utah. The wrestlers returned to Evanston, and those who are also football players got off the bus and immediately joined the football camp already in progress.

Red Devils wrestling, incidentally, went 17-1 as a team versus the competition, wrestling in over 480 matches, and coach Wagstaff reported most of the minimal losses were by but a few points.

Fackrell stated that, with other camps taking place — for instance, a basketball camp, for which the Red Devils were scheduled to depart for this past Sunday at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction — football would simply focus on weight-room training until Aug. 12, when two-a-day workouts for the upcoming season were scheduled to begin.

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