By Tim Branstetter / Staff Writer
WILLIAMSBURG – Williamsburg coach Jerry Herron has been holding a youth football camp since 2002 when he became the Yellow Jackets’ head coach, and this year was no different as 48 campers showed up to learn the game of football on Wednesday.
The campers divide up in age groups and participate in several drills including, kicking, punting, receiving, quarterback drills, offensive line and running back drills.
“We do a lot of things that high school and college camps do, we just scale it down some,” Herron said. “They have a blast. They don’t want to go home.”
Most of the high school players participated in the camp when they were younger, now they are asked to work the camp in an effort to give back to the sport of football and their community.
“Almost every player on the team has been to our camp,” Herron said. “They all looked up to the players that were here when they were young, now the kids that come to camp look up to them.”
Skylar Griffith is one of the many players that work the camp, and he is coming off an impressive 2011 season. Griffith was named Class A Receiver of the Year after hauling in over 1,600 yards and was also named First Team All State.
Griffith remembers attending the camp when he was younger.
“I remember all of the drills and how they have helped me throughout the years,” he said. “They need to pay close attention, because it really does help. That’s what has helped me.”
Griffith enjoys working with the kids and has even been impressed with some of the talent at the camp.
“I love working with the kids,” he said. “I’ve seen a few that have impressed me. It gives me a good feeling when they look up to me.”
Herron likes to look back at when his players were attending the camp.
“I’ve got to watch a lot of these guys grow up,” Herron said. “It’s fun to look back at the pictures. These kids see our players in the paper and they really look up to them. It’s a lot of fun to be able to touch base with the next generation.”
Williamsburg holds youth football camp
By Tim Branstetter / Staff Writer
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