The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Prep Football: Coming Together

  • Hampton uses National Guard to teach team bonding
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  • From a weather perspective, it was a comfortable night Tuesday at the Eldorado High School Sports Complex.
    From a player perspective, that comfortable feeling didn’t last very long.
    Former Eldorado football player and 1995 graduate, Jimmy McCarty, who is now with the National Guard led the Eagles in team-building exercises.
    This was the third year for the event, one that Brandon Hampton uses to not only close out the summer portion of camp, but pay tribute to military members.
    “We have a couple of former players that love to come out and show our players how to get after it. This is one last chance for us as a team to evaluate our conditioning as a team before practice can start.”
    With the help of McCarty and other National Guard members, three teams are drafted with 12 players on each team. Those teams compete in a number of tactics or obstacles, which include, flipping a tractor-trailer tire 200 yards, carrying water canteens 100 yards, putting the heaviest kid on the team on a gurney and carrying him to a certain point and putting seven guys around a culvert and carrying it around the EHS Sports Complex.”
    “As a coach, this is something you don’t always get to see, but sure do love when you do. We as coaches can watch how teams or guys interact with each other, who shows certain leadership skills and those who step up and those who step back.
    “There is a sense of pride of getting through it, but there is no doubt it take a toll on the body.”
    As an observer, Hampton saw those that were around the EHS Sports Complex for other interest or sports, get out in support of his Eagles.
    “So much work is put in when other people are not watching,” Hampton said. “For those folks to get out and cheer on the team was something really cool to see. There was some great attendance that night and our guys really got after it.”
    Eldorado High School football will start its first day of fall practice on August 11 at 8:30 a.m.
    Michael Dann can be reached at mdann@dailyregister.com. Follow on twitter: @spydieshooter.
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