Fun with flags

FHS athletes teach flag football skills
By: Matt Long
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Kris Richardson loves football and promotes the sport anyway he can. While he’s the head coach of Folsom High’s varsity football team and obviously wants people to be excited about that, this week he's running a flag football camp and that’s a good thing too. “I do this camp because it helps give the youth an opportunity to practice their football skills and play the game,” Richardson said. “Hopefully, one way or another, it funnels into our program, whether it’s with the high school team or the youth program. “It’s a good chance for the kids to meet new friends, and also meet some of our players and coaches so that hopefully they’ll come out and watch our games.” This week about 65 youth between the ages of seven and 13 met at Prairie City Stadium for four days of flag football. The kids not only learned any skills they’d need to play the sport, including passing, running with the ball, running routes, catching the ball and one-on-one coverage, but also broke into teams and played three games a day and at the end of the camp a team was crowned champion. A punt, pass and kick contest was also held daily as the players tested their skills. This is the second year of the camp and Richardson said many of the campers attended last year’s camp. Leo Merle, an 11-year-old who will be in sixth grade at Folsom Middle School next fall, was attending his first flag football camp. “It’s been fun and I’ve enjoyed the tournaments the best,” Merle said. “I like to run and pass the ball.” Tristan Trumbell, 12, and his brother, Cameron, 8, also enjoyed the camp. “I like the games and being around the high school football players,” Tristan said. Cameron said he enjoyed hanging out with his friends and meeting new friends, as well as getting to know the coaches. “The coaches are really good and they’re fun to be with,” Cameron said. Bryce Wagner, 12, never played flag football before, but was at the camp preparing for his second year of youth football. “I just came so I could practice and get ready for the youth football season,” Wagner said. “Instead of just sitting around all day, I’m here getting ready and getting use to the heat.” The campers aren’t the only ones who enjoyed the camp. Folsom High junior Jordan Richards, who is a wide receiver on the team, had fun instructing the kids. “I like coaching,” Richards said. “It definitely gives me a different perspective on things and it makes me appreciate more what it’s like to be a coach.”