WENATCHEE — The Eastmont football team has a lot of pieces, now the coaching staff just needs to finish out how they fit into the puzzle.
Wildcat head coach Doug McGill said Monday that the Wenatchee Football Team Camp is the perfect opportunity to help him start sorting it all out.
“We graduated a really talented senior class,” McGill said. “We had a lot of guys that are competing for spots that haven’t seen a lot of varsity time, and that’s why this camp is so valuabe. I saw a lot of things that you can see on July 22 that you wouldn’t want to see in a game and it’s OK now, because we’re just getting started.”
McGill’s assistant coaches said the aim is to just see improvement and start getting the boys back in a focused mindset after being in summer-mode for so long.
“I saw some good stuff. As a football coach, this early in the season, you don’t see a lot of good stuff,” McGill said. “We just want them to be steady, we don’t want them to get too high or too low.We need them to learn how to play the play and put whatever behind you whether it was great or not great and get ready for the next snap. What happened the last play is over, we need to focus on what happens this next play.”
McGill said he was proud of the way his skill players were making plays and how much steady advancement he saw from the lines, describing them as “jelling throughout the day.” The coach also specifically noted a few good plays from Griffey Halle — a skill player who will probably see time as a receiver and as a defensive back.
“He showed he could make some big catches and he ran some good routes,” McGill said.
Killion McGinnis took the majority of the snaps Tuesday because Carter Haehl was held out from playing because he hadn’t participated in enough practices to be allowed to play right away in camp per WIAA rules. Haehl will compete for the starting quarterback job full-time starting today.
“We have guys competing for several spots, that quarterback spot is still an open competition right now,” McGill said. “I feel good about the fact that we have three to four kids that are confident and that can do it. We just have to see which one is going to shine. We have kids that are athletic enough that they can play receiver or defensive back too if they don’t get the quarterback spot. As a coach you’re always trying ot put those pieces together to make it work.”
The camp continues today and will conclude Thursday.
Jacob Palmer: @JPalmWW