Oak Ridge High School’s varsity football team kicks off the 2012 season on Friday in a non-league game against Vista del Lago.
Since May the Trojans have prepared for the new season, including taking part in a full-tackle football camp over the summer.
Trojans head coach Eric Cavaliere and his coaching staff journeyed to San Diego to participate in the University of San Diego football camp June 18-21.
“The camp went very well,” Cavaliere said. “We took 58 varsity players and came back with no injuries, a better football team and a closer team in terms of team chemistry.”
With the team’s base offense and defense already in place before making the trip to Southern California, Cavaliere said the camp was a huge success.
“Our players competed at a high level for all four days, were incredibly well-behaved, and met or exceeded all expectations for a team camp,” Cavaliere said. “The camp provides us the opportunity to have four days in full pads and have full contact padded practices and scrimmages.”
Oak Ridge was the only school from the area taking part. The rest were from Southern California and Nevada.
“We were able to have full live scrimmages with each of these teams throughout our time there,” Cavaliere said.
There was very little “off” time at the camp, Cavaliere added. “It was football from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.,” he said. “When they did have time off, they are eating in the dining commons or relaxing with teammates in the dorms.”
Oak Ridge posted a 7-5 record last season that included a 2-3 mark in the Delta River League, but success in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs, as the Trojans beat Burbank in the first round before losing to eventual section champion Granite Bay.