Passing Camp

Lambert freshman Harrison Pomfret (right) makes a catch under pressure from Coosa junior Judson Crawford at the 7-on-7 Passing Camp at Darlington School, June 21, 2013. (Brittany Hannah/RN-T)

Brittany Hannah

Despite being exhausted Friday night, Darling-ton head coach Tommy Atha showed plenty of energy when he described the 7-on-7 passing camp that his football program hosted this week.

In fact, Atha sounded almost like he was writing a brochure for the chamber of commerce.

“It was tremendous,” he said. “There was great competition, the weather cooperated and the turnout was great.”

Atha said he was impressed with the “consistent level of competition” at the camp, which included teams from all six of the GHSA’s classification.

The two-day camp, which brought in 16 teams, wrapped up with three two-hour sessions on Friday.

“It was definitely one of the best camps we’ve had,” said Atha, who has overseen the event for about a decade. “Every coach was upbeat, and I think they were able to get out of it what they wanted to get out of it.”

East Paulding, a member of Region 5-AAAAA, came away with the camp championship to cap off two intense days of action.

“That last session, there was a ton of enthusiasm,” said Atha.

Four local squads — Coosa, Model, Rome High and Darlington — were among the participating teams. Each of those four teams is looking to build on last year’s success, when they each made the playoffs.