Florez teaches different lessons at camp

Sentinel photos/Mike Reddell
Learning how to be competitive and have fun playing football was part of what BCHS Head Football Coach Lupe Florez and his coaching staff stressed in this week Blackcat Football Camp at the BCHS practice field. Blackcat Offensive Coordinator Brent Bennett (far left) instructed the campers - seventh through ninth grade- to show they’re enjoying things following the completion of each warmup exercise.

   A lot of football coaches will talk about the attributes their players should have on the field, but Blackcat Head Football Guadalupe Florez also wants his teams to have fun – a lot more fun than their opponents.
   Florez and his coaching staff had a shakeout cruise for the 2015 season as they hosted the Blackcat Football Camp for incoming third through sixth-graders - in one group - and seventh through ninth-graders Monday through Thursday (July 27-30) at the BCHS practice fields.
   That shakeout is important since the freshmen, junior varsity and varsity Blackcat football teams begin the time-honored two-a-day workouts Monday, Aug. 3, signaling the start of the new season.
   “We’re going to have fun and show the other team were having more fun than them,” the coach loudly emphasized to the players as he walked through a somewhat complicated formation for warmup exercises that was repeated until Florez was satisfied with the result.
   After each drill, his offensive coordinator Brent Bennett told the boys to bump, high-five and generally show how excited they are to be part of the Blackcats and the game of football.
   “Take a knee,” Florez told his charges Monday morning at the beginning of camp after introducing himself and with his coaches gathered behind the players.
   Class, integrity and total effort, the coach and BCISD athletic director told the youngsters are the three main tenets he requires of athletes.
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