Chipps welcomes 24 players to first week of Little Buccaneer football camp

Veteran Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School football head coach Dave Chipps watches his offense run a drill with Ian Strader in at quarterback Wednesday evening at the middle school. Chipps greeted 24 players to camp this year.

TENNERTON – Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School head football coach Dave Chipps welcomed an unusually small class of Little Bucs when he began camp on Monday.

Just 24 players came out for this year’s Little Buc football team.

“Twenty-four players is probably the lowest number we have had at the middle school level in the last 30 years,” explained Chipps. “Normally we have about 50 kids come out. A perfect number is between 35-40. This group, for whatever reason, has been small in numbers.”

Don’t confuse quantity with quality though with the 2019 Little Bucs.

“Despite the low numbers, we have several kids returning that saw a lot of action last year, especially on the offensive side” noted Chipps. “Our first unit on offense is executing what we are asking of them quite nicely. We are pleased with that.”

Like most coaches during the first week of practice, Chipps and his staff are examining just what they have this first week of the season.

“This first week, we are in shorts and everyone is getting use to everything,” remarked Chipps. “This Thursday is when we starting hitting. We will know more of what we have then because that is what starts to separate the players.”

Chipps said he is using this first week to see who can run, who can catch and who came into camp in shape.

“Overall, it is just the basic stuff along with conditioning, which is such a big thing,” said Chipps. “With our smaller numbers, there isn’t a player that will be getting the short end of the stick when it comes to reps.”

The Little Bucs are slated to open their 2019 schedule when they host Elkins on Thursday, Sept. 5.

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