Prep notebook: Area football squads use retreats to strengthen technique, bonds

08/11/2014 5:36 PM

08/11/2014 5:38 PM

Tyronne Davis wasn’t looking for fancy.

The Waccamaw coach was hoping to toughen up his team. The Warriors were one of a small number of area football teams that used at least a portion of their first full week of practice for a camp-style retreat.

Waccamaw spent Monday through Friday of last week at Camp Pee Dee, a Presbyterian property in Bennettsville. The coaches lined off an open field, players slept in dormitory-style housing and everything between the alarm going off in the morning and lights out at night were controlled.

“When you get tired and you don’t have mama to go to, it’s not easy,” Davis said. “They can’t go home anymore Monday and Tuesday, it was fine. By [Friday] morning, it was like pulling teeth.”

Georgetown’s Bradley Adams and Carvers Bay’s Nate Thompson employed similar tactics last week.

The Bulldogs again headed to Grace Christian in Loris for four days and three nights. Carvers Bay also conducted a camp, one that had all the Bears staying at the high school with limited access to the outside.

All three coaches pointed to that seclusion, as well as the opportunity for players to build relationships with each other.

“Our school is kind of isolated anyway. It’s not like we’re in town,” Thompson said. “Some of our kids live so far out. You bring them in and they have to eat together and room together. They get to know each other on a much more personal level.”

Logistically, there are some hoops to jump through.

Davis said his players pay for a chunk of the five-day excursion, along with some help from the booster club. Planning meals and entertainment – there is some mixed with all the practices and film sessions – for extended periods of time isn’t always easy.

The payoff, though, is worth it.

“We’re able to regulate the things they eat, drink. It’s two-fold,” Davis said. “It helps us out a lot.”

Myrtle Beach-Wando scrimmage update

Myrtle Beach coach Mickey Wilson said his team is still planning to participate in a Tuesday scrimmage at Wando despite concerns it could not take place.

Multiple players at Wando were affected by either staph infections or contact dermatitis last week, according to The (Charleston) Post and Courier. The newspaper reported that the school canceled at least one practice, and the Berkeley Independent newspaper reported that Berkeley’s scrimmage against Wando, originally scheduled for Friday, had also been canceled..

The Post and Courier also reported that proper steps to contain and then disinfect the school grounds and equipment was taking place last week.

Seahawks QB receives first offer

Myrtle Beach quarterback Drayton Arnold received his first college scholarship offer over the weekend, coach Mickey Wilson said.

Drayton, who led the Seahawks to the 2013 Class AAA state championship, was offered by Ohio. The 5-foot-11, 181-pounder threw for 30 touchdowns last season as a sophomore. Three of those touchdowns came in the state title victory over Daniel.

Arnold is the second Myrtle Beach player to receive an offer from the Bobcats coaching staff. Receiver Kyle Belack, who originally gave a verbal commitment to Marshall, switched his commitment to Ohio in recent weeks. Belack led the area in receiving yards last year at Carolina Forest before transferring to Myrtle Beach in January.

CNB Kickoff luncheon

The coaches of the nine Horry County teams and Waccamaw will meet Tuesday for the annual CNB Kickoff Classic luncheon.

For many, the event – which precedes Friday’s 10-team jamboree – serves as the unofficial start to the high school season. In addition to the coaches, members of Conway National Bank and longtime Conway, Coastal Carolina and Big South coach and administrator Buddy Sasser will speak.

For more on the CNB, check Wednesday’s edition of The Sun News.

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