Football Season Just On The Horizon

Those interested in football took part in a week long football camp hosted by the OHS coaching staff.

Those interested in football took part in a week long football camp hosted by the OHS coaching staff.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – With the last out called at Principal Park; the attention began to turn towards fall sports, like volleyball, cross country and football.

On the repurposed practice field behind the Oskaloosa Middle School, the coaching staff from Oskaloosa High School conducted their football camp this past week. “New facilities down here with a new field for us, with the softball field being built. Our administration has taken care of us. They have done a good job of making sure that we have all of the things that we need,” said OHS Head Football Coach Jake Jenkins

Jenkins says there were approximately 90 kids between ninth and twelfth grade participating in the week long camp.

Since Monday will mark the first time players can officially practice, the team will get its first look at the squad that will make up the 2017 season. Jenkins believes there will be between 50 to 55 athletes out for the team this year. “Come Monday, we’re going to put on a helmet, and we’re gonna follow the rules and go through our progression of getting the equipment on,” added Jenkins.

With those athletes he knows that are returning, Jenkins says, “I feel good about the guys that are back. Replacing a lot, especially on that offensive line. A lot of new faces, but a lot of excitement. And having Blake back helps with the core of that offensive-defensive line, that big body, and our strength from our numbers. Our strength numbers for the summer are very good, so we’re excited about that.”

Often success in one sport helps build success in others, and Oskaloosa seen a bump last year building upon the success that the softball team enjoyed. “Yeah, I’d say our sports, in general, did such a good job. We’re so proud to be a part of it.”

You know, Oskaloosa was one of six teams that sent the boys to state and the girls in softball to state. So yeah, that’s awesome. Our attitudes are changing. We expect to do well, we just expect to play really hard, and then we think good things are going to happen if you do that. So yeah, there’s a lot of excitement off those summer sports,” said Jenkins.



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