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Tide football camp focuses on fun
Blue Tide head football coach Coach Kyle Wilson and Blue Tide players Luke Golden and Kwanzi Lattimore work on a tackling drill with some campers. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle

The Long County High School football team had its annual Junior Blue Tide Football Camp, and according to head coach Kyle Wilson, it went over well with the participants.

"Everyone had a great time and we’ll keep doing it every year, as long as they do," Wilson said.

Twenty-six participates, ages 5-13, attended the camp.

Blue Tide assistant coach Dennis Pattison said, "The overall goal of the camp is to introduce the younger kids to the game of football. And for the more experienced players, it is to help hone their skills, all in a fun atmosphere."

Pattison said some of the drills conducted focused on agility, passing, punting and kicking. Instructors also covered how to get in a proper stance and how to properly make a tackle, all while emphasizing

Helping out Wilson and Pattison were Blue Tide assistant coaches Joseph Austin, Ryan Bailey and Deshon Brock.

LCHS football players Luke Golden, Kwanzi Lattimore and Jake Durham also helped the coaches throughout the three-day camp.

"The players did a great job in helping all week," Wilson said.

Pattison added, "The camp was a success with the campers learning basic fundamentals that will help them as they play football for the middle school and the recreation department."

Campers reported each day, from Tuesday through Thursday, at 8:30 a.m. A daily meal was provided at noon by the Long County Head Start Program .

Wilson said, "I want to thank everyone who helped with the camp, especially Angel Dunham, Kim Stock and the Head Start workers. I also want to thank the parents for bringing their kids out and all the kids who participated."

The Tide football team currently is selling Blue Tide Cards for food discounts at eateries in Long, Liberty and Wayne counties. The cards are on sale for $10 each and can be purchased from members of the team or through Wilson.

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