Eagle River football to benefit from weight/conditioning program


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Eagle River High junior Michael Thompson tucks up under center during the school’s football camp last week. High school football practice begins officially Aug. 4.

DAVID MORSE

First-year Eagle River High varsity football coach Matt Turner says that he can notice the benefits of a summer-long conditioning and weight training program run by former player Ben Kozak.

Kozak, a 2010 graduate, played offensive line at Benedictine College (Atchison, Kan.), and studied sports medicine.

Turner said 15-20 students on average added the two-hour daily workout.

During last week’s camp, the Wolves had 30-35 players turn out daily with practices.

Turner, who had coached the girls’ flag football team for several years, said Eagle River is a little thin on the line numerically.

“But the few we do have are solid players,” he said on Sunday.

The team has three players vying for the starting quarterback position, with junior Michael Thomson surfacing as the leading candidate at present.

Senior John Wilson returns in a leading role as one of the top running backs.

“He’s been very diligent in the weight room and on the field,” said the coach.

Turner said he expects a huge line at the attendance office Monday as others officially register to participate this fall.

Practices will be held from 3:30-8 p.m. every day this week.

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