Lebanon football program hosts camp

Photo courtesy Nicholas Mebruer
Lebanon High School football head coach Will Christian says last week’s high school and junior high football camp were a success. He is pictured above giving instructions during a football camp in 2016. 

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ALEX BOYER ALEX@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

Lebanon football head coach Will Christian said last week’s high school and junior high football camps were a success, but also a grind as the Yellowjackets gear up for the official start of practice on July 31.

Overall Christian was pleased with the camp. He felt there was a sense of urgency and that the student athletes focused on work.

“It was a grind; it was four hours a day,” he said. “I thought they had a good attitude. I thought we worked on every aspect: offense, defense, special teams … and then the mental game.”

Lebanon will compete in a jamboree at Mt. Vernon High School along with Bolivar, Mt. Vernon, and Neosho on Friday, August 11 then open up the regular season on Friday, August 18 at home against Rolla.

“This week of camp is crucial,” Christian said. “We take all the information we acquired from our camp in June, and we do some tech work leading up to this camp. We film everything, and we get an opportunity to continue to polish up, fix up, scheme assess, personnel assess. Our kids know that for those trying to win jobs, it’s getting closer to the final hours.

“Any guys who are on the fence or close, they are going to get opportunities through the jamborees. We’re dealing with the conditions, which are good for us because we are going to have to play in it. I think the kids have to battle through that. Football is a unique game, and there are a lot of obstacles to battle through.”

Christian mentioned that he did not like to compare other Lebanon teams to one another, but there was something that he likes about this group.

“What I like about this football team right now is I think that they know they have an opportunity to do something, and they want to seize that opportunity with their focus and sense of urgency,” Christian said. “There are things we have to improve on in every facet of the game, but I think these guys are willing to put in that work to make it happen.”

Right now among the ‘Jacket student-athletes, many battles are going on for starting positions and playing time.

“There is some kids’ stock that went up this week; some went down,” Christian said. “Of course when we come back (from the dead period) they will have the opportunity to change our mind continually. One of the things I tell our kids is that we are watching film all the time. We are evaluating schemes and talent. We want to develop the best products that we can.

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