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Cougars use camp for team building and to prepare for Friday nights under the lights

PMG PHOTO: DEREK WILEY -  Bryant Raeburn practices a defensive drill during Canby High School's football camp.

New head football coach Jimmy Joyce wants to change the culture at Canby.

Last Tuesday night that meant inviting the high school's dance team to practice.

"The dancing might not seem football related but it's really about being comfortable being uncomfortable," Joyce said. "For some of these kids they'd much rather ran the mile from the night before than dance, but it's about being comfortable underneath these lights on Friday night."

Canby's week-long football camp kicked off Monday with a visit from Canby CrossFit. Marines were on campus Wednesday night to put the Cougars through a boot camp.

"We're trying to make them push together and work together as one, to see them put the team in front of themselves," Joyce said.

PMG PHOTO: DEREK WILEY - Nick Vandecoevering tackles a ball during a defensive drill at Canby High School.

Thursday's team building exercise included relays, and on Friday the Cougars went on a group jog from the high school through downtown Canby.

"We're more than a football team," Joyce said. "We want to be a pillar of the community."

The Cougars also used camp to continue to implement a new offense and defense, spending about 50 minutes on each side of the ball each night.

Like the rest of the high schools in the state, Canby was in helmets for the first time on Monday, Aug. 19 and in full pads Thursday.

The Cougars host South Salem in a jamboree on Aug. 30 before opening the regular season on Sept. 6 at home against Lincoln.

"There's a lot to learn for me and them," Joyce said. "It's gone better than I could have ever imagined. It's not just a coaching staff coming in and saying we're going to do a new offense and a new defense. This is from top to bottom a culture change. We're going to remember the past and all the great things that happened here, but we also have to start building our own future. We have to be looking forward. The kids have really bought into that and the idea that this is new and we've got to keep on growing each and every night."

PMG PHOTO: DEREK WILEY - Ronan Gay defends Asher Chaffee during 7-on-7 work at Canby High School.


Derek Wiley
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