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Summer Football: Estacada Wins The Lineman Challenge At Football Camp In Astoria

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Estacada won the Lineman Challenge, which included a sled push, at Camp Rilea outside of Astoria last week.

Estacada's football team took the first steps toward the 2019 season with a trip to Camp Rilea outside of Astoria where they joined 17 other teams for 7-on-7 drills and scrimmages.

"It's a great opportunity to get the ball rolling," Rangers coach Andy Mott said. "It sets the tone and gets the juices flowing before we hit daily doubles in August."

The highlight of the weekend came with Estacada winning the Lineman Challenge — a mix of drills from a tire flip and sled drive to a ropes course and tug-of-war.

"It's crazy when you get 300 pounders out there on that rope," Mott said. "The last day it was pouring down rain — perfect lineman weather — we were all whooping and hollering when our guys beat David Douglas in the finals."

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Estacadas Riley McDonald pulls down a catch during 7-on-7 drills.

The big guys earned T-shirts, presumably triple-X, as a trophy for their accomplishment.

Estacada took on Santiam Christian in a scrimmage on the final day, complete with a chain crew and an allotment of officials. Each team ran 16 plays from scrimmage.

"With almost 20 teams down there you get a look at a lot of different offenses and defenses over the course of the week," Mott said.

Estacada's coaching staff transitioned from the high school players to the area youth league with a grade school camp at Buzz Randall earlier this week.

"You see kids who it's their first time being around the game, and it's our chance to get them excited about football," Mott said.

This story is slated for our July 25, print edition.

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