Friday was a fruitful day for Chapman High’s football team.
Ottawa University hosted a contact camp at Chapman on Friday. Schools participating alongside Chapman included Larned High, Sacred Heart High and Southeast of Saline.
Teams ran through offensive and defensive sets against one another, rotating every few plays. All teams garnered plenty of reps to see where they stand in June, with the season a little more than two months away.
Chapman head coach Kurt Webster said the experience will pay dividends for his squad going forward.
“It’s great for us, because we get to go straight from our summer team camp right into a padded contact camp,” Webster said. “So we get to see where our guys are. The film from this camp is incredibly valuable. (It’s) an incredibly valuable teaching tool for our kids. We’ll sit down and watch this. We probably made a ton of mistakes today that now we’ll get to see in June instead of them showing up in the fall.”
The intensity was evident in the scorching Kansas sun as the teams hit the field. Webster was pleased with the way the Fighting Irish came out and competed.
Webster plans to address their mistakes that they see on film in hopes of correcting them before kickoff arrives this fall.
“We just need to work on our assignments and making sure we know our assignments versus different fronts,” Webster said. “We played with tremendous effort. (I’m) very proud of our effort. We just have to refine our execution skills and that’s what you expect for camp in June.
“We’re lucky that we have some experience on the offensive line and they knew what they were doing a little bit. We have two quarterbacks coming in (Chance Liebau and Trevor Erickson) who haven’t played in our system a ton, a ton of live varsity reps. They did extremely well today and I was very pleasantly surprised.”