Football camp kicks off

First official MVRHS practice begins in two weeks.

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More than 40 players from grades 7-12 are taking part in a football camp being taught this week by the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School coaching staff. The camp began on Monday and continues through August 3.

MVRHS head coach Donald Herman, assistants Jason O’Donnell and Tim Millerick, and former varsity player Mike Cutrer, along with Jared Meader and Zeke Vought, are instructing players in the fundamentals, and instilling passion for the game. In each two-hour session, players rotate from offensive and defensive stations, changing drills every 10 minutes.

“We’re trying to create excitement, have the kids re-establish some passion for the sport and work on fundamentals,” Coach Herman said. “We’re also having some cumbaya moments. I want players to leave feeling really good about themselves and their abilities.”

Thus far, Coach Herman sees some potential regarding the upcoming season. “I think we’re going to have some good athletes,” he said. “Whether we have some good football players is still a question because there is a difference.”

The first official high school practice begins at 6:30 am on August 17. Equipment for juniors and seniors will be issued at MVRHS on August 13 at 6 pm, across from the tennis courts with a senior meeting to follow in the weight room. Sophomores and freshmen will have equipment issued on August 14, also at 6 pm.

In order to practice, all players must have a parent or guardian complete a Family ID prior to August 13. For more information, visit the athletic trainer’s link on the MVRHS website.

Additionally, the football program is holding a lift-o-thon fundraiser in the high school weight room on August 12. All players must attend.