Forty Hawks and their coaches braved the early morning hours and a five hour-plus bus ride on Friday to make the trek to Corvallis, Ore., for a four-day high school football camp at Oregon State University in preparation for the 2013 MTHS football season this fall.
“The majority of the players (are) looking to experience something new after going several years to camp at CWU,” said Terrace head coach Tony Umayam. “The Oregon State football staff and program does an excellent job during the season, and we heard they ran a very good camp.”
Twelve high school teams from Washington, Oregon and California are expected to attend the camp that continues through Monday.
Umayam has a number of goals for his squad over the weekend. “What we try to accomplish at camp is reinforcing our schemes and emphasizing a physical style of play,” he said. “We also want to see different people in different roles to get a sense of where people best help the team.”
“Finally it gives us a chance to get away and focus on coming together as a team,” Umayam added.
The team is posting photos of camp on their Facebook page during the camp. Players are expected to return to Mountlake Terrace High School Monday evening around 7 p.m.
Fall practices are scheduled to begin on Aug. 21; the Hawks’ opening game of the 2013 season is vs. Stanwood on Sept. 6, 8 p.m. at Edmonds Stadium.
— Story and photo by Doug Petrowski