A late June test for the Warriors was one of the first steps towards the goal of a blue trophy in 2019. The team traveled to Las Cruces for the Doug Martin New Mexico State University 7 on 7 Football Camp on June 23. More than 30 players from SHS competed against athletes from 11 different schools in both drills and in game action during the scorching hot afternoon.
“The biggest thing we’re already seeing is these kids fighting through adversity,” Head Coach Damien Ocampo said. “It was grueling out there on the field but the players kept pushing. Our upcoming senior team leaders did a great job of helping the younger guys get ready for the fight ahead of us.”
The camp was set up similar to NFL Combine style which included bench press, route running, passing and sled drills. The Warriors linemen unit took home first place for its all around performance. Ian Jordison, a defensive end and tackle, is entering his senior season with the team and is coming into a leadership role.
“I want to be a role model for the younger guys,” he said. “This camp was great because we weren’t expected to preform as well as we did. Our goal this summer is to hit the weight room as a team everyday. A lot of our guys have to be able to play both sides of the ball and I believe that we’re going to be ready.”
Indeed the Warriors will need to be tough in the trenches to protect their quarterback. Coming off of a stellar 2018 season, senior Payson Hicks looks to take the next step both on and off the field.
“We’re a confident group,” he said. “Camps such as these help us come together. Getting to play teams from bigger cities gives us a lot of experience. It was also great to have plenty of teammates available to participate and sub in due to the hot weather. Our goal is to improve every time we hit the field.”
Not including Ocampo, six other coaches made the trip down. Damien’s father Al, a former Warriors head coach, has returned to Socorro and will be helping out with the team.
“This is a rockstar staff,” Ocampo said. “We are so blessed to have this much knowledge on the sidelines. Between all of us we have over 150 years of coaching experience to help build on the great season we had last year.”
Other coaches that attended the camp included; Luis Calzada, Chuck Zimmerly, Chris Scarborough, Alex Johnson, Julian Avalos.
The Warriors will have a break during 4th of July week before hitting the field hard Monday-Thursday to prepare for the upcoming season.