Vista Eagles benefit from football team camp

By: Matt Long
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Eighty Vista del Lago football players got a big taste of what the upcoming season is going to be like at the Sac State Football Camp. The Eagles’ varsity and junior varsity teams attended the camp held June 10-13 and got a lot done. The team had three practices and two scrimmages a day. “I felt like it went really well,” Vista coach Chris Jones said. “There was really good competition. We scrimmaged against Whitney, who will probably be a favorite to win a section title and Cardinal Newman, that’s a highly-respected program out of Santa Rosa. We also scrimmaged Vanden and Laguna Creek. With us being a smaller school, it was nice to be able to scrimmage and compete against those teams and we did a good job against them.” Vista, along with Cardinal Newman, Vanden and Whitney, have all been at the camp the last three years and have been battling it out every summer. Jones was pleased at his team’s performance. “The thing about this camp is that we can evaluate if our kids can block and tackle and do the things that we’ve been working on in shorts and T-shirts,” Jones said. “Can the kids do what we thought they could do and can they do it at the varsity level? With this camp it’s good to find that out now rather than in late August when you’re getting ready to play your first game.” In the weeks prior to the camp, the goal was to get the players into shape and get them ready to compete. At the camp Jones said the goal was to improve every player, formulate what type of team the 2011 Eagles are going to be and to compete. After the camp ended last week, the Eagles spent the next four days reviewing film from the camp. The rest of the summer the team will hit the weight room, work out and participate in a seven-on-seven passing league which runs through the middle of July.