Youngsters get pigskin practice

Head linebacker coach Joe Kennedy shows campers how to move their feet during agility drills.

Head linebacker coach Joe Kennedy shows campers how to move their feet during agility drills. (Photo by David Allen)

Wake Forest High Cougars return for sixth year to help lead football camp.

by Clellie Allen

ROLESVILLE — In what has become an annual treat for local youngsters eager to learn football tips from some of the best prep athletes in the state, the Rolesville Parks and Recreation Football Camp returned for the sixth year Monday and Tuesday.

Hosted by the Wake Forest High football team and taught by head coach Reggie Lucas, his staff and key members of his football squad, 34 boys, ages 5-14, experienced two days of real football workouts, including line drills, agility exercises and pass-receive play work.

Overseeing the camp each year, Lucas said working with players getting their first taste of football was especially rewarding. “Personally, I have always loved working with young kids,” he said. “They really keep the coaches and players on their toes.”

His favorite memory was of one 5-year-old from a couple years back who kept asking a coach for his watch. “I told him that if he would focus and stay on task, he could have it. It worked, but (of course) at the end of camp, he asked for the watch. The coaches had a good laugh at my expense,” Lucas said.

“I wish, when I was growing up, I had the opportunities that kids have today,” he continued.
Returning Wake Forest High football players Nick Deluke and Norman Cade were in their second year of helping with the camp. To them, seeing the kids, “so happy to be practicing makes it worthwhile.”

Cade said it was inspiring to see “how the kids would keep going even after they were tired, because they wanted to get better and learn even more.”

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