Football camps kick off |

Football camps kick off

Luke Graham

— Every season brings something new, but the goal of summer football camps always remains the same for the Steamboat Springs High School football team.

“Our goal always – and we talked to the kids about this – is to really focus and take every session to get better,” head coach Aaron Finch said about this week’s Mesa State College camp. “I felt like that’s what happened.”

The camp brought league foes Rifle, Palisade, Eagle Valley and Montezuma-Cortez as well as Basalt and Durango together for four days of 7-on-7 drills and contact scrimmages.

Finch said the encouraging thing about the camp was getting to see how much competition he’ll have at certain positions come autumn. At some positions, Finch said the Sailors have three or four guys battling for playing time.

“What’s fun is how many people are in a position to compete,” he said, noting that the freshmen and junior varsity teams also were able to get some scrimmage time during the week. “That’s a fun place to be. The next two months will really dictate who is where. It’s whether they dedicate and make themselves stronger.”

Rising junior Carl Steele was named one of the camp’s most valuable players on the offensive line. Alex Wood (wide receiver) and Austin Hinder (quarterback) picked up similar honors.

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Steamboat will attend today’s passing camp at the University of Colorado along with Hayden High School.

Tigers coach Shawn Baumgartner said although the team will lift throughout the summer, Hayden will not attend any team contact camps.

“Being such a small school, we try to stay way from full-contact camps in the summer,” Baumgartner said. “Plus, it’s hard to get a full team to go to one of those.”

Hayden already has done some 7-on-7 football with Moffat County this month and plans to do the same with Steamboat in July.