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Vikings skipping jamboree for long weekend, open football season Sept. 6 at Gaston

PMG PHOTO: DEREK WILEY - Kolby Benthin blocks a defender up a hill during Colton's football practice.

"Everybody blocks at Colton."

That was the message from Colton football coach Brynie Robinson last Thursday night as all 30 players spent about half an hour of practice going through a blocking drill.

Each player went three times, blocking a defender up a steep but short hill.

Thursday was the Vikings first day in shoulder pads after putting helmets on for the first time on Monday.

Colton practiced twice a day on both Tuesday and Thursday, with a more "light and easy" workout in the morning, including film study and walkthroughs, followed by a more intense practice at night.

While most football teams around the state are participating in jamborees this Friday, the Vikings are taking the long Labor Day weekend off.

"We don't want to get any injuries," Robinson said. "They're off Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. It's an opportunity for them to do something with their families before the beginning of the season."

Colton opens the season on Sept. 6 at Gaston. The Vikings first home game is Sept. 27 against Chemawa.


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