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Augusta Prep holds ninth annual football camp

Posted: July 3, 2017 - 4:02pm
Augusta Prep's Will Dorn tries to elude a tag in a football game during camp Wednesday at the school.  Chris Gay/Staff
Chris Gay/Staff
Augusta Prep's Will Dorn tries to elude a tag in a football game during camp Wednesday at the school.

Augusta Prep coach Harry Bacheller bounced around the football field Wednesday morning wearing his black "Bocephus" shirt in honor of Hank Williams, Jr.

Last week, the Cavaliers held their ninth annual Augusta Prep football camp. Bacheller started the camp the summer before starting the football program at the private school.

"I've kind of changed it," he said. "I used to use it to get my players ready when they were in middle school."

Now, there's a component where varsity players mix with younger children to enjoy various instruction and games. Bacheller said the camp had about 50 "little kids" (kindergarten through sixth grade) and then another 40 in grades 7-12.

The children competed in events like an obstacle course, a punting contest and a throwing contest. Groups broke up into teams and played touch football as well.

Augusta Prep - a team that won its first seven games last season, was ranked as high as No. 2 in the state, played host to state playoff for the first time and finished at 8-2 - will start focusing soon on its upcoming football, which begins Aug. 11 at Bethesda in Savannah, Ga. The Cavaliers have the earliest start of any Columbia County team.

Bacheller said after the Fourth of July break, his players will come back for two weeks of workouts before starting practice. Then, Augusta Prep, which has 11 seniors, will scrimmage Glenn Hills Aug. 4.

"This season is going to fly by," Bacheller said. "We've got a lot of seniors who can make a lot of great memories if we get everything right."

 

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