Camp just the beginning of the learning process

The Madras High School football program continues to improve.

During the Linfield team camp, held June 20-23, at the Linfield College campus in McMinnville, 32 White Buffalos suited up and popped pads with team from around the Northwest.

“The camp went really well,” Madras football coach Rick Wells said. “The guys who are dedicated and care about football made the trip.”

Wells said there were a couple things he was looking for out of his players while at the camp. One was to see if the players managed themselves well.

“Part of team unity is being able to police each other and hold people accountable,” Wells said. “Our guys did that very well during the camp.”

The simple practice of lining up against someone other than your own team is a big help in preparation as well, Wells said.

“You can run drills and plays against your own team and look awesome, but you really aren’t,” Wells said. “This gives us the chance to compete against teams we wouldn’t get to otherwise, and it rounds us.”

Wells said his team competed, whether it was in a controlled scrimmage or 7-on-7 drills, against South Umpqua, Sisters, Forks (Wash.), Selah (Wash.), The Dalles-Wahtonka, Hood River Valley, St. Helens and Mark Morris (Wash.).

Another positive of the camp, Wells said, is that his kids are exposed to different coaches and different techniques. A lot of Linfield’s former players, ones that have competed in college postseason playoffs and were part of the incredible Wildcat program, came back to coach and demonstrate.

“Being able to see someone execute things like you are supposed to is a great tool, and this camp had that,” Wells said. “Linfield has one of the top coaching staffs in the nation, period.”

Wells said it was also good for him as a coach. It allowed him to step back and see the type of instruction, and learn new things he can apply to practices in the future.

“You’re like a student of the game again,” he said. “The only time I was coaching was when we had our team times and scrimmages. I got to observe quite a bit.”

Attending the camp is just part of what the Buffs need to do before the start of the 2013 season Aug. 30, against Stayton.

“We had four days of great improvement,” Wells said. “We just need to continue to do that.”

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