Chapman football program gains valuable experience during summer camp

Kel Stroud blocks a defensive player Friday morning during Chapman's football camp.

The Chapman High School football program got some invaluable experience Friday morning, according to head coach Kurt Webster. 

Ottawa University hosted a contact camp at Chapman High School Friday. Schools participating alongside Chapman included Larned High School, Southeast of Saline High School and Sacred Heart High School. 

Teams ran through offensive and defensive sets against each other, rotating every few plays. All teams garnered plenty of reps on both sides of the ball to give coaches a chance to see where their teams stand in June, with the season just over two months away from kickoff.

“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, 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 high in the scorching Kansas sun as teams competed. Webster was happy with how the Fighting Irish competed, and knows players will gather a lot of constructive information from the day’s tape. Webster plans to work to correct mistakes they catch on tape in hopes of correcting them by the time the season arrives. 

“We just need to work on our assignments and making sure we know our assignments vs. different fronts,” Webster said. “We played with tremendous effort; 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) that haven’t played in our system a ton, (not) a ton of live varsity reps. They did extremely well today and I was very pleasantly surprised.”

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