Mustangs begin summer camp workouts

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 26 June 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Medina’s Jalin Cooper hauls in a pass against an Oakfield-Alabama defender during Thursday’s summer camp session at Vets Park.

It’s just the first week of summer but there are already signs of autumn as area high school football teams are beginning summer camp workouts in preparation for the early September season openers.

Medina began its series of summer camp/clinic sessions at Vets Park on Thursday with Brockport, Batavia and Oakfield-Alabama joining in the workout. Starpoint is also expected to join in future sessions.

The session saw the various teams work separately on individual unit drills. The teams then paired up for 7 on 7 and 11 on 11 workouts.

Mustang linemen work on a blocking drill.

“We pack a lot into it,” said Medina head coach Eric Valley of the session. “We’ve been doing this for several years and it has been huge for our program. It gives us a chance to really work on fundamentals, to get some of our new kids and JV players acclimated to the speed of the varsity level and just really get back into the swing of things.”

The Mustangs will be holding the weekly camp/clinics on Thursdays throughout the month of July (except July 2) and then host a three-day mini camp the first week of August. Regular preseason practices will begin in mid August with the season opener scheduled for Sept. 4 against Lew-Port at Vets Park.

Mustang quarterback Tyler Valley passes during a 7 on 7 workout.