A great number of the area's youth / middle school football players were treated to the first Memorial Day Weekend Middle School Camp and Combine at The Edge. Along with help from D1 Football and several area coaches, former Cleveland Browns Mike Pagel and Jim Pyne volunteered their time to spearhead the event. We even had some excellent stand in assistance by members of the Northcoast Vikings semi-pro football team.
One group of kids prepare for their warm-ups
The camp was broken down by position and offense worked out first. Quarterbacks were coached by Mike Pagel, former Brush standout D1 Football's Nick DiLillo and former VASJ and Mount Union College coach Ron Bayduke while Jim Pyne led the lineman workouts. Running back coach, Mike Clark, took some lighthearted ribbing throughout the day about his time playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Especially a few nice digs by Mike Pagel.
Coach Bayduke and Mike Pagel work on a "game plan"
D1 President Nick DiLillo and Mike Pagel - "Brothers in ARMS"
Remember the names, STEVEN CLARK son of Mike Clark (Akron's All-Time Rushing Leader) ran a 4.75 40 yard dash...Not to be out done the 43 year old father ran an impressive 5.07. Not bad old man.
Sixth Grade PHENOM ZACH LEONE was timed at 4.7 and had an explosive 8 foot 1 inch standing broad jump!!!!!!!
In all the kids had a rewarding experience and this was echoed by the parents in attendance as well. Look for this camp along with the President's Day youth football camp to become fixtures at The Edge and also check www.d1football.net for up to date information regarding the Mike Pagel Quarterback Camp and the Jim Pyne PRO Lineman Camp coming up at The Edge this summer.
The reward for all of us involved with putting this camp on is watching these young men learn and know they'll take something away from this camp that will help them when it comes time to suit up again and take the field. All these kids hustled today and showed a lot of heart and took advantage of a day to learn from true professionals.
To the players who attended. Take with you what you learned and remember football is hustle and heart and in order to succeed on the field you have to be on your game AT HOME and IN THE CLASSROOM first.
Thanks to Mike Pagel, Jim Pyne, "The ST. JOES GANG", Coach Bayduke, Brigham VanEtten, the Northcoast Viking players and the rest of the volunteer coaches who helped make today's camp a success.
-D1 Football and The Edge