If the high number of fresh faces at the spring camp is any indication, the future may be looking bright for the Muskie football program after a prolonged period of darkness.
In fact, the black-and-gold are planning to field a junior team this fall due to the massive amount of interest among incoming Grade 9 students and current Muskies going into Grade 10.
“It’s really good to have these younger guys out here practising,” said Muskie head coach Chad Canfield.
“One of the biggest things for a program is to have the younger guys out here and develop so that by the time they are in Grade 12, they are playing really well,” he reasoned.
“So that’s the best thing so far to come from this.”
Newcomers and veterans alike have been doing drills over the past few days as they prepare for a scrimmage this Friday at 5:00 p.m., with a set number of plays also being worked on.
“We’ve just introduced a bit of our basic formations before the guys break off into their individual groups,” Canfield explained.
“Our playbook on offence is just a standard I-formation and we run a Cover 2 on defence, so it’s fairly basic and straightforward for the guys to learn.”
If there was any setback from the practices thus far, it was that a number of potential returning players were nowhere to be found when the squad returned to the field last Tuesday.
“We didn’t quite get the numbers we were hoping for there,” Canfield admitted.
“Since I’m not around the high school, I’m not really sure what’s going on with those guys,” he added.