Nadav Soroker/ Times-Georgian
In its final true competition of the summer, the Carrollton High School football team stormed through a physical send-off by hosting a two-day padded camp on Friday and Saturday at Grisham Stadium.
The Trojans welcomed Houston County and West Forsyth and featured two sessions on Friday before wrapping things up Saturday morning with two more sessions running from 8:30-9:50 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
The camp was originally supposed to be a four-team event, but Grayson backed out of the trip. Even so, third-year Carrollton head coach Sean Calhoun thought it served its purpose in bringing three quality programs to one field with fall practice right around the corner.
"It's going awesome. West Forsyth is a great program and Houston County is a great program. Both are extremely well-coached, both have really good staffs, both have really good players and both just want to come out and compete and get better," Calhoun said following the second session on Friday afternoon. "It's competition at full speed versus two teams who I think are going to make the playoffs."
The Trojans dove back into their summer workload after enjoying a break for the "dead week," which Calhoun said provided some much-needed time off for both the players and coaching staff.
"We we went hard right there before for a reason knowing that we were going to be off. It's great for these kids to be off and to get away and spend great time with their families. Then after that they're coming back with their football family," Calhoun said. "It's been good and our kids are working hard. It's been a very hard week. It's been four tough days. Four tough days in the weight room and on the field. Then we'll finish up with these two days, so it's been awesome."
Following the two-day camp, Calhoun is giving the team one final week off before the grind of the fall campaign truly sets in with the acclimatization period beginning on July 25 and the pads coming on the following week.
Carrollton will then have roughly one week of full-tilt practice leading up to the Aug. 9 scrimmage against Bremen at Grisham Stadium and then two more weeks before the Aug. 24 season opener against East Coweta in the West Georgia Kickoff Classic at University Stadium.
So now as the summer days wind down, the priorities shift to installation and special teams work over the next few weeks before digging deeper into the 2018 campaign.
"We're going to start implementing that," Calhoun said. "And then continuing with our conditioning because when school starts (on Aug. 2) we don't have as much time to condition. So just the improvement and the progression of our conditioning, our weight room numbers and when you get on the field, you're talking about special teams stuff and fine-tuning some other stuff."