The Wetumpka Indians hosted area schools Monday morning for a practice session.
The Wetumpka Indians hosted area schools Monday morning for a practice session.

Tribe spends the day camping

Published 3:00am Wednesday, June 26, 2013

It’s too early in the process to know what a football team’s individual strengths are. Their weaknesses, however, were somewhat gloriously exposed during Monday’s team camp, hosted by Wetumpka High’s football program.

“We’re starting a lot further along than we were at this point last year,” said Doug Prater, coach of the Prattville Christian Panthers. “We have a staff. We didn’t have one of those until after July last year.”

The Panthers, entering their second year as a member of the Alabama High School Athletic Association, went head to head with AHSAA lifers Monday morning with the start of the 2013 football season is a little more than two months away.

After spending the better part of a month running drills against air and their own teammates, River Region schools had the opportunity to run routes and block student-athletes in different colored jerseys.

Scenes from Wetumpka’s multi-team practice session

“Zach Davis threw the ball extremely well for us,” said Hunter Adams, Holtville High head coach. “Tekel Bozeman had one touchdown every five passes. And Jarmal Kendrick looked good on both sides of the ball.”

Monday’s event featured the Indians, Panthers and Bulldogs and paired them against Marbury, Alabama Christian and St. James.

“The coaches were all pleased with the format,” said Tim Perry, coach of the Indians. “The goal was for everyone to go out and get reps against live competition and that’s what we did.”

Several of the teams will tangle again Thursday afternoon in a 7-on-7 camp hosted by Autaugaville High. The Indians will see the host Eagles, Holtville, ACA, PCA, Marbury and newcomer Verbena.

“This is a great way for us to see where our conditioning is,” said Perry. “I’m not expecting us to be in game shape, but it’s good to see that our program is working. And this is a great chance to break the montony and give our kids the opportunity to work against somebody different.”

Wetumpka, like PCA and Holtville, plans to continue building on the conditioning foundation that’s currently being laid.

“We didn’t have that many mental errors,” said Perry. “We had some assignment busts and some dropped passes, a few people out of position but you expect to have that. Right now, I’m pleased with our progress.”

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