Montrose High School head football coach Brett Mertens

Montrose High School head football coach Brett Mertens runs kids through a drill during a youth football camp last year at the Centennial Middle School. 

The Montrose football scene is more than just a sport , it’s a community. And this community is gearing up to offer youth a safe, fun way to work on their skills.

The Montrose Youth Football Camp will be offered 9 a.m.- noon for tackle and 9- 11 a.m. for flag football, Aug. 5-7, at Centennial Middle School, 1100 S. Fifth St. Montrose. This camp is offered to kiddos in third through eighth grade — third and fourth will be playing flag football and fifth through eighth will be playing tackle.

The cost is $60 for tackle and $50 for flag. Registration and equipment distribution will be held from 5-7 p.m., Aug. 4, also at Centennial Middle School.

As he enters his fourth year for this camp, Montrose High School football coach Brett Mertens said the camp has been going on since as long as he can remember. This is a yearly event that brings the whole football community together.

The high school varsity coaches and players will be coaching. This is a good opportunity for the younger players to get to know the coaches and the other kids in the community.

“Anybody that plays football in the town of Montrose is either in the camp or helping out with the camp,” Mertens said. “So we are trying to promote it and get as many kids there as we can and put on a good camp for them.”

Anyone and everyone, at any skill level, is welcome, Mertens said. The camp will include beginning drills, which would be fundamentals, blocking, tackling, throwing, catching. They will also have competitive drills and controlled scrimmages.

The camp focuses on player safety, as the coaches are trying to instill the fundamentals in the players. This will include teaching safe tackling and blocking techniques. It’s about teaching these lessons at a young age, Mertens emphasized, and making sure they are playing hard

There is still a lot of interest in football found in Montrose, and Mertens hopes to keep it that way by continuing to be safe and ensure that the community is supportive. The majority of the athletes who participate in this camp will go on the play in the youth football league so this is a bit of a feeder camp for that level of play.

“We just want the kids to have fun and love football,” Mertens said. “Hopefully they can learn some things and get better — (skills) they can use as they keep going in football, but our No. 1 goal is to just to build the community of football in this town (or) continue to do that. If can get them to start loving football at a young age, we think that’s the No. 1 priority.”

The camp is also to help players learn and for those who have been playing for a while, it’s held to “coach them up” and get them things that will help improve their game, he added. If these players want to be high school football players, the best thing to do now is take part in the camp and play in the youth football league in the fall.

Questions may be directed to Mike Sella at 970-249-8051 or Kenny Sauter at 970-901-3009.

Monica Garcia is the news editor at the Montrose Daily Press.

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