Meager Turnout For Football Camp


Just 10 fledging players turned out for the town of Payson sponsored-Longhorn football camp when it opened Monday on Rumsey Park's south multipurpose field.

The camp was open to aspiring players in both elementary and middle school.

Although the turnout was disappointing, coach Steve Saban and his staff of six camp counselors put their charges through an enthusiastic opening day.

Among the camp counselors was Payson High School senior Nate Perna who is expected to take over the quarterback duties.

Perna was in the camp fresh from the University of Nebraska Big Red football school where he was tutored by legendary Cornhusker quarterback Turner Gill.

During the opening day, Perna worked with young quarterbacks demonstrating the nuances of becoming a topnotch signal caller.

Aspiring offensive and defensive linemen at the Longhorn camp had Bryce River to help fine-tune their skills.

Next season, River a senior is expected to anchor both the offensive and defensive lines for the Longhorns.

The camp, for which the youngsters paid $20 to participate, wraps up tomorrow (Wednesday).

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