Berryville, Green Forest participate in team camps

Friday, July 12, 2013
Berryville's Emilio Duarte breaks through the line on his way to the endzone in Thursday's team camp at Green Forest. (Chan Davis / Carroll County News)

GREEN FOREST -- With the high school football season a mere two months away, Berryville coach Lee Atkins and Green Forest coach Jay Martin are busy preparing their squads with team camps over the next four weeks, beginning with an afternoon 7-on-7 scrimmage against each other and the Huntsville Eagles.

In shoulder pads and helmets only, the three teams took turns running ten plays from scrimmage with first and second-team offense and defenses getting reps.

"We are about there weeks further along than we thought we would be," first-year Berryville coach Atkins said. "We have good competition going on in several positions and everything is moving along better than expected. I don't mind seeing us plane out a little from here. I just don't want to go backwards."

Brian King, who was expected to start at quarterback on Thursday, was on the sidelines after being involved in an automobile accident on Hwy. 62 west of Eureka Springs on Wednesday along with running back Deonte Peyton. Both were slightly injured in the wreck but are expected to be back on the field next week.

"They did CAT Scans on us at the hospital to make sure we didn't have concussions," King said from the end zone bleachers at Tiger Stadium. They didn't see anything so we should be back soon."

King suffered abrasions on his leg, which was wrapped in a bandage while Peyton had no visible damage. Both were fortunate as passengers in the vehicle that suffered brake failure, slid sideways around a curve and was hit by an oncoming vehicle.

"The state trooper that relayed information to us said if the other car wouldn't have hit them they would have gone over the embankment," Atkins said. "It could have been much worse. We are very thankful that was all that happened."

With King sidelined, Carr took most of the snaps for the first team.

"King was going to start tonight," Atkins said. "But Austin (Carr) did a great job throwing the ball. We looked better tan what a lot of people anticipated. But this is our first day of competition. Right now we are ahead of the game."

Martin had a skeleton crew with at least 10 players absent from the season's first camp, most of them starters.

"This gives us a chance to get some of the younger players more reps," Martin said. "We have guys out due to work and one out with poison ivy and a couple we are not sure about. But this will only help us get better. We are a little behind where we want to be. But we will catch up pretty quick. We have a lot of experience coming back that will get up to full speed."

The two teams continue team camp Monday at Harrison.

"We will continue to get better for the rest of the summer," Martin said. "We will get everyone here and keep working. Our goal is to keep everyone healthy and learn as much as we can during the next couple of months."

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