Gordon Central Xtreme Football Camp

Campers and instructors pose for a group photo with their camp t-shirts at the end of Gordon Central Xtreme Football Camp on Friday. The camp ran from Tuesday through Friday. (Alex Farrer, CalhounTimes.com)

For four days last week, the Gordon Central High football coaches and several players got a chance to pass their knowledge on to the next generation of Warriors… and have a little fun at the same time.

The Gordon Central High football program hosted its annual Xtreme Football Camp last Tuesday through Friday with campers of a wide range of ages participating. Gordon Central head coach David Humphreys said close to 40 youngsters from ages ranging from kindergarten through eighth grade took part in the camp, which ran from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. each day.

Humphreys said it’s always something he looks forward to every summer.

“It’s a lot of fun,” said Humphreys. “We focus a lot on tackling properly and do a lot of drills teaching them the right techniques on that. We also try to show them how to run properly and other fundamentals. The first two hours of camp each day is mostly to work on fundamentals, and then the last hour we do several things, which are more focused on having fun with them.

“For our coaches, it’s really a fun time and a little bit of a time to relax. We like to interact with the kids and try to build a personal connection with each one of them.”

For more pictures from last week’s camp, see Wednesday's Calhoun Times.

The campers participated in drills, skill challenges and scrimmage games on the Gordon Central practice field throughout the week, and each camper was given a t-shirt at the end of camp on Friday. Humphreys said he was really impressed with the group of campers they hosted.

“It was a great group,” said Humphreys. “This is the fourth year we’ve done the camp, and several of the guys have been there all four years. It’s fun to see how they’ve grown and how much they’ve learned and improved.

“We also like to see how our players interact with the kids. We had about 20 helping throughout the week, and they did a good job helping the kids and showing them the right way to do things.”

Humphreys added that a big part of the camp is getting the kids involved with the program and getting them excited about being a Warrior in the future.

“That’s one of the reasons we do the camp,” said Humphreys. “We want to increase the Gordon Central footprint, and part of that is them getting to know who we are. We want to get to know them so if they see us around town or at a game they’ll feel like a part of Gordon Central football. We definitely look forward to them becoming Warriors in the future.”

Humphreys, who will enter his fourth season at the helm this Fall, and the Warriors will now shift their focus to their Summer program, which includes workouts a few days a week through the summer months as well as passing league scrimmages and various camps.

They will begin official Fall practice in late July before playing their lone preseason scrimmage on Aug. 12 when they host Sonoraville. They open the regular season the following Friday (Aug. 19) at Murray County.

Gordon Central will move into a new classification and region this year, Region 7-AA, after spending the last four years in Class AAA.

They open the Region 7-AA schedule on Sept. 16, hosting Pepperell.

The Warriors are trying to rebound after struggling the last three seasons, winning just two games combined.