TORRINGTON – Last Wednesday and Thursday nearly 80 youth aged from 6-12 years old from around Goshen County took part in the annual Football 101 camp hosted by Torrington High School coaches and players.
Also in attendance was 2017 THS graduate and former Wyoming Cowboy Logan Harris providing his insight into the sport of football.
“It’s awesome,” Harris said. “It’s something I wish they had when I was a kid. It’s a really good thing Stien does. Stien does a really good job of involving everybody and being a center piece of building what this community has been chasing for a long time – winning a state championship.”
Torrington has had some close calls in recent years with multiple state runner-up finishes in 2020, 2018 and 2017.
Harris said the Football 101 camp is laying the foundation to finally get over the hump in the years to come.
“I think all the right steps are being set in motion,” he said.
His appearance at the camp comes just a month after a tryout with the Detroit Lions of the NFL.
Harris enjoyed the experience, saying it went well.
“It was really cool,” he said. “Just seeing the level of professionalism there. There was no messing around. Everyone was there doing one thing whether it was free agent guys or try out guys.”
Harris enjoyed getting to meet and hear the backstories from other players at the tryout about their college experience and even talking to guys who have been in the league for other NFL teams. Not to mention getting to see how things operate at football’s highest level.
“One of the guys I tried out with was with the (Buffalo) Bills. He started a couple games for them last year,” Harris said. “It’s tough business in the NFL right now. There are so many good people, he didn’t even get signed.”
The tryout lasted for four days, and Harris received some positive feedback from the Lions coaching staff.
“When I got done with the coach there in Detroit, he was impressed with me,” Harris said. “He talked to me about if someone goes down, stay in shape and be ready.”
He also mentioned the coach would go to bat for Harris should he hear of another team looking for an interior lineman.
“If it doesn’t work out, I’ll probably be done,” Harris said. “I like being home and being able to start life. I don’t know if my body can do much more football and stuff like that.”
In the end, it was an “awesome” experience for Harris.
“I went for it, and I can say I did it,” Harris said.
Football 101 Camp awards
6-7 year's old
Blazer of Week: Reed Curry
Mr. Effort: Jackson Jolly
Most Improved: Dax Yorges
Punt, pass and kick – First place: Keaton Wilkie; second place: Jacob Hibben; third place: Carlos Hernandez
8-9 year's old
Blazer of the Week: Jaxton Hatley
Mr. Effort: Zach Audette
Most Improved: Mesa Wiedman
Punt pass and kick – First place: Gunner Werning; second place: Hudson Hoffman; third place: Julia Stienmetz
10-12 year's old
Blazer of the Week: Barrett Bruch
Mr. Effort: Jesse Martinez
Most Improved: Cruz Lopez
Punt, pass and kick – First place: James Stienmetz; second place: Taven Reimers; third place: Garrett Elson