Minicamp Gives Junior Eagles Headstart

Seventh-grader Benji Jones gets set to go through a tackling drill. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

Twenty-five youngsters attended a minicamp for the Brentwood Junior Eagles football program this week. The players, in grades five through eight, met for two hours on each of three nights to learn football fundamentals.

The Junior Eagles consist of a seventh-grade team, which comprises students in grades 5-7, and an eighth-grade team. Daily practice for the 2014 season begins at 5 p.m.on Aug. 6 at Brentwood Park.

John Sappington is head coach of the eighth-graders and Tom Magee leads the younger team. Assistants who worked at the minicamp were Ben Peters and Ethan Griesemer.

If you have any questions, contact mdshutout@gmail.com or jtsappington@kstair.com, or call 314-575-7713.

Winners of the minicamp’s longest-pass competition are (from left): Tom “The Gunner” Suntrup, sixth grade; Jordan Tate, eighth grade; Reggie Jeffrey, seventh grade; and Justin Erby-Carr, fifth grade. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

Brentwood Junior Eagles 2014 Football Schedule
Sept. 10, Wednesday, home vs. Chaminade, 5:30 and 7 p.m.
Sept. 20, Saturday, away vs. MICDS, 9 and 10:30 a.m.
Sept. 23, Tuesday, home vs. Affton, 5:30 and 7 p.m.
Sept. 29, Monday, home vs. Lutheran St. Charles, 5:30 and 7 p.m.
Oct. 4, Saturday, away vs. Affton, 9 and 10:30 a.m.
Oct. 8, Wednesday, home vs. Westminster, 5:30 and 7 p.m.
Oct. 11, Saturday, away vs. Clopton (8th grade only), 11 a.m.
Oct. 18, Saturday, away vs. Clayton, 10:30 and noon
Oct. 22, Wednesday, home vs. Collinsville, 5:30 and 7 p.m.

All photos are by Steve Bowman

Starting out with warmup exercises are (from left) Tom Magee, Quin McClure and Daniel Doebbers.
Torrey Sullivan warms up at Thursday’s practice.
Kya Hawthorne (left) holds the pad while Justin Erby-Carr practices blocking.
Michael Klein (left) and Zack Peters have fun in a blocking drill. Both are younger than fifth grade but Michael’s brother Larenzo was at the camp, as was Zack’s father, coach Ben Peters.
John Danfort leads the way as players jog a couple of laps.
Jordan Tate gets a drink during a break.
Eighth-grade head coach John Sappington talks to the troops.
Coach Ben Peters instructs on how to get into a proper three-point stance.

Rodney Amerson (right) tries to shed a block from Micah Jones.
Coach Tom Magee puts players through a blocking exercise.
Larenzo Klein zeroes in on blocking a dummy as DaMarion Williams gets the handoff behind him.
Ben Peters shows ball carriers how to position their arms for a handoff.
Majerus Sims (left) clears the way for ball carrier Cameron Jenkins.
John Sappington throws passes in a drill on how to catch the ball. He passes to . . .
Jay Lesley . . .
Micah Jones . . .
Josh Danfort . . .
Lorenzo Klein . . .
Benji Jones . . .
Reggie Jeffrey . . .
Collin Mennemyer . . .
and Michael Klein.
Tom Suntrup drinks up.
Ethan Griesemer shows how to fight off a block.
Chaim Duffe-Holmes says bring it on.
Eighth-grader Mason Mills surrenders no turf in this collision.
If the minicamp had given an award for the most original shoe-sock combination, Mason Mills would have won it easily.
Tom Magee leads a drill for linemen.
Campers huddle up before a final round of drills on Thursday.
Josh Danfort gets set for an exercise that teaches players to keep their feet apart when blocking and tackling. He took his turn along with . . .
Jack Hampel . . .
Majerus Sims . . .
Zack Peters . . .
DaMarion Williams . . .
Collin Mennemyer . . .
Reggie Jeffrey . . .
and Sam Magee.
Josh Danfort runs a drill to improve foot coordination, along with his teammates . . .
DaMarion Williams . . .
Cameron Jenkins . . .
Lorenzo Klein and others.
Coach Sappington (right) has words of encouragement at the end of practice on Thursday.

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