Two 30-minute games of Eagleball, a game that incorporates elements of football, basketball and conditioning, highlighted the final day of the Pettus Eagle Football Camp, hosted by the Pettus coaching staff at James V. Beauchamp Stadium Tuesday through Thursday.
Dayton Doege punts the ball during a contest at the camp. Dayton is the son of Eagle head coach Jeff Doege and was the winner in his age group in the punt contest.
Every football camp, no matter who is directing it, has its own unique style.
Jeff Doege’s unique contribution is Eagleball, a game that features elements of football, basketball and conditioning.
Doege brought back the Pettus Eagle Football Camp for the first time in many years this year, and with it came Eagleball.
“It’s something that we put together from doing different things,” Doege said about the game. “It’s a game for a lot of conditioning. There’s a lot of continuous running around, and the kids like it.
“They would love to play that every day, even the high school kids.”
Eagleball games provided the capper to each day of the three-day camp which Doege hosted along with his staff at James V. Beauchamp Stadium.
“As a head coach, I’ve done it all five years,” Doege said about how long he’s been using the game, which changes names depending on the nickname of the school where Doege is coaching. “I kind of incorporated it while being an assistant at some other places. I bet you it’s been the last 10 years.”
Doege hosted 18 players at his first camp at Pettus, a number that pleasantly surprised the second-year coach.
“I’m very happy with the turnout,” he said. “This hasn’t been done. I think it was done a long time ago.
“Starting this was one of our athletic goals since I got here, to start getting camps going again. I was hoping for 15, and got 18. Very pleased.”
Doege and his staff, in another unique aspect to the Pettus camp, put all 18 through drills at every position on the field.
“We tried to teach them all skills,” he said. “We put them through everything; offensive line, defensive line, quarterback, we made everybody do everything.
“It’s just to give them a variety because we don’t know where these kids are going to be when they get older.”
The camp ran for three days, Tuesday through Thursday. The final day featured skill contests, two 30-minute long Eagleball games and the awards ceremony.
“Today was kind of a skills day, getting to put all that together,” Doege said about the third day. “The first two days were really drill days. And we tried to have a little fun because that’s what camp is all about.”
S-T camp draws
more than 80
The Skidmore-Tynan Bobcat Football Camp wrapped up on Wednesday afternoon. The camp, which ran from Monday through Wednesday and was directed by Bobcat coach John Livas, drew a group of 82 players, including more than 50 who will play on the middle school teams this season.
“I was very pleased with the number,” Livas said about the turnout. “It just shows the commitment of the parents and the kids to come out.
“We had over 50 of the seventh- and eighth-graders who will play this year and then roughly 30 of the younger kids. It says a lot about the kids to come out here and participate.”
Kevin J. Keller is the sports editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 343-5223, or at sports@mySouTex.com, or follow him on Twitter, @beepicsports.