Future Bulldogs back from football camp

The soon to be Winslow Bulldogs football team returned from a team instructional camp at the University of New Mexico having forged a 12-2 record in their three days at Albuquerque.

Winslow lost in the semi-finals of the team tournament after quarterback Jordan Payne went down with an injury.

The future Bulldogs finished in a four-way tie for first place in the Team Olympics, an event that featured a wide variety of gridiron related activities. There were 32 teams participating in the camp.

Junior quarterback and corner back Payne drew praise from many of the coaches in attendance. He was selected to the All Camp Team as a corner back.

Senior Lucas Armenta and junior Carlos Quezada were selected as receivers. Junior Orlando Vargas was selected to the elite unit as a running back.

Coach Matt Gracey said that he was well pleased with the work of all 26 Winslow players who attended the camp. Some filled in with players from a school in Colorado and showed steady improvement as the camp progressed. They drew praise from the Colorado coach.

University of New Mexico coach Rocky Long praised the effort of the Winslow players and for assistant coach Adam Larson who coached a number of line drills during the camp.

Gracey had praise for all of his players and lauded Josh Stago for the job he did at quarterback after Payne was injured.

The summer program will continue with passing league games and a future camp in Colorado in July.

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