Coach Shares Plans For Future Football Camp

Jake Swartwood

Jake Swartwood Photo by Andy Towle. |

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No one can every accuse Payson High School second-year football coach Jake Swartwood of not being ambitious.

Not only did he play host this week to the largest summer football camp in Payson High gridiron history, he plans to make it even larger next year.

For the 2013 camp, held July 15 to 19, six prep football teams from around the state participated. They included Red Mountain, Desert Edge, Coolidge, Page, Glendale Independence and Payson.

If Swartwood does expand the camp next summer, his plans are to have two separate camps over the course of two weeks.

“We can double our profit,” Swartwood said.

The coach is calling the 2013 camp highly successful, saying the visiting coaches were pleased with the facilities, cool weather and the opportunity to sequester their players away from cars, girl- friends and shopping malls into an environment where the young players could focus only on football.

During the practice week, each of the teams was assigned a school, or facility, which they called home.

Some bedded down in simple sleeping bags while others brought air mattresses and cots and foldaway beds.

The Payson players, about 45 strong, stayed in Julia Randall Elementary School.

Before the teams arrived in Payson they were assigned practice sites, some going to the Rim Country Middle School field and others to the Rumsey Park facilities.

For conditioning-only practices, Swartwood used Green Valley Park.

Camp sessions wrap up today, Friday.

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