BRUIN FOOTBALL PLAYERS, COACHES MENTOR YOUNGSTERS

August 15, 2008 11:00 pm

By Arwyn Rice

Pilot staff writer

The Brookings-Harbor High School football players and coaches hosted a skills clinic for 8 to 13 year olds this week.

Twenty-two Bruins players practiced alongside 17 clinic attendees, demonstrating skills and working with the youngsters in drills.

This was the first skills camp the team has hosted and turnout was decent, but not quite what was hoped for, Coach Jim Keys said.

The clinic was held to give the team a chance to help the younger players advance their skills and introduce them to Bruin football.

The clinic was divided into three groups – linemen, linebackers and quarterbacks and receivers – for position-specific skills.

Two girls attended the camp, including Jessica Yock, 13, who is going out for the Azalea Bruins football team this fall, and Bryanna Scott, 11.

"Jessica is a real tough competitior and a good player," said Larry Smith, an assistant coach for Curry Youth Football.

The Bruins and their protogees threw, caught, ran, crawled and dodged obstacles in a race Thursday night to wrap up the clinic.