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Full contact: 10 teams take part in weekend football camp

Sunday, June 14, 2009

SIKESTON -- Contact was definitely the best word that could describe the 2nd annual Southeast Missouri Area Football Coaches Association full contact camp on Friday afternoon.

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Sikeston's Tanner Bryant is tackled by a Jackson defender in the 2nd Annual Southeast Missouri Area Football Coaches Association Full Contact Camp on Friday afternoon at Sikeston High School practice fields.
(David Jenkins, Staff)
In particular, most of the contact was delivered by the Sikeston Bulldogs.

Going into the first day of camp, one of the many things that Sikeston head coach Kent Gibbs was wanting to know about his team was where his defense stood as far as physical play. With probably more big hits and least yardage given up than any team there, the Bulldogs gave him his answer.

"We thought our intensity on defense was really good," Gibbs said. "We had a lot of red hats to the football and a lot of enthusiasm which is sometimes hard to get out of the kids. We're really pleased with our defense for the first day."

Going up against the likes of Jackson, Cape Central and Poplar Bluff, the Bulldogs looked very active on the defensive side with pushes up the middle and by swarming towards the ball where ever it happened to be.

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