Big Rapids football team makes the most of summer camp

Big Rapids quarterback Jayden Mason makes a play during drills Tuesday at Big Rapids High School. (Pioneer photo/Maxwell Harden)

BIG RAPIDS — Summer is winding down, but don’t tell that to the Big Rapids football team.

The Cardinals were hard at work Monday and Tuesday during their final camp sessions of the offseason.

“It was a good camp,” head coach Mike Selzer said. “We had around 50 guys participate each day. We’re getting that last day of work before the season starts. We’re looking forward to it.”

Both the varsity and junior varsity squads work closely with one another. The Cardinals also participated in Montrose High School’s annual veer camp last week.

“We were one of 18 schools there,” Selzer said. “That did a great job of setting a base layer for us. We brought 27 players there. We look to bring the skills we learned there into our own programs.”

The program has entered a ‘dead’ period before official Fall practice can begin. The dead period consists of no open gyms or sport-related activity for a period of six to 14 days prior to the start of each season. It’s primarily designed for from Aug. 1 to the start of fall sports practices.

The first day of official practice begins on Aug. 6. The players will participate in fall camp Monday through Friday from 5-9 p.m. When school begins, practice will be from 4-6:30 p.m.

Selzer looks forward to getting the ball rolling. The Cardinals return a solid senior class that includes linebackers Elliott Blair and Adam Bollman, split end Jackob Martinson, and quarterback Jayden Mason.  The team also returns last season’s starting offensive line.

“We haven’t had a full offensive line since I’ve been here,” Selzer said. “We’re not converting running backs, anymore. Jayden split time at quarterback last year but he’s gained a lot of experience. He was pretty exciting to watch last year but he was young too.

“He spent the summer busting his butt and working on maturing.”

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