Members of the Houston County High School football team spent a few days this summer practicing their football skills and growing closer as a team at FCA football summer camp held in the middle of July.
It honestly changed our team a lot, said Taylor Boyett, a senior and quarterback for the Bears. I feel like we learned a whole lot.
According to coaches, more than 90 percent of the team went to camp. Attendance was not mandatory. Taylor said that one of the most important benefits of attending the FCA camp was the heightened trust the camp instilled among the team members.
You have to trust your team and know that no matter what, they are going to be there. You have to trust that they will make the play and trust that outside of football, they have your back, Boyett said.
Kicker Joseph Ferraris also commented on the experience of camp drawing the team tighter.
We came together not only from a football standpoint but from a spiritual standpoint, Ferraris said.
Both players said the lessons learned at camp are still being implemented, not only by the coaches but by the players as well.
At camp we talked about goals, on the field, off the field and in the classroom, Ferraris said. We are holding each other accountable for those goals so that we can be the best players, best students and best teammates.
Coach Von Lassiter said the Bears chose the FCA camp because of the camps format of being together as a team.
While many camps are designed by position such as quarterback, offensive line or separate teams into groups, the FCA football camp is designed as a team camp.
It was a priority for us to get off together and spend time together as a team and to build unity, Lassiter said.
Lassiter said that the FCA camp included lessons for his team that they can use as a player and in life.
It was about playing hard but also about making the right decisions. They learned lessons about how to conduct themselves on a day-to-day basis on and off the field, Lassiter said.