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Greetings Gonzaga Football Family!
August is finally here and the football season is upon us! It’s that special time of year. We are less than two weeks away from our first football game on Eye Street. We host Calvert Hall for the Eye Street & Stadium Dedication on Saturday, August 29 and the Eagles are leaving no stone unturned in preparing for the season opener.
Just before the start of training camp, we welcomed dozens of young men to our Purple Eagle Football Camp. Even though the campers couldn’t use the field due to construction, our gymnasium served as the “Eagle Dome” and the staff provided the campers with a valuable and enjoyable football experience. The camp featured fundamental instruction, speed and agility training, video analysis, classroom instruction, player evaluations and spirted competition. There were many fine young athletes ranging 9-14 and the future definitely looks bright for Gonzaga after observing that group of potential future Eagles!
The team made great strides in June and July to prepare for a rigorous training camp. We are now more than halfway through August and the Eagles have grown tremendously in the past 2 weeks. We opened training camp with a team run to the National Mall and held an organized workout for all of America to see! We also were able to practice on Buchanan Field for the 1st time in over a year as the field was made available to the team at the beginning of August. The anticipation of setting their feet on the new turf was finally over and the players and coaches went to work with great energy and enthusiasm!
After a few days of practice in D.C., the team prepared to travel to Mercersburg, Pennsylvania for a 5 night training camp. Prior to leaving, the football families gathered for an inspirational Sunday service in St. Al’s. Father Gap LoBiondo masterfully “quarterbacked” the mass which was followed by a program lunch event allowing the families to bid farewell to the Eagles. Click here to see photos from the kickoff event.
Our stay at Mercersburg was special. The team improved immensely on the field, but more importantly bonded in ways that will ultimately enhance our performance in all aspects of our lives. The training camp experience challenged the young men to grow spiritually, socially, athletically, and intellectually. The team unquestionably left Mercersburg a more cohesive unit. The staff and players maximized their opportunities to bond in ways that would not have been possible without the special opportunity to come together independent of the responsibilities and distractions that typify everyday life.
Upon returning home, the team faced the Gilman School in the year’s first scrimmage. Although Buchanan is now open for field use, the stadium is not quite ready to accommodate spectators. Thus the opening scrimmage was held at Gallaudet University. As you may expect, the scrimmage featured fast and physical play from both sides and the competition was fierce. There were quite a few Gonzaga players that played well and provided a glimpse of what people can look forward to seeing during the 2015 campaign.
Due to continued construction on Eye Street, our 1st Alumni Football Game will have to wait until 2016. However we are 100% confident that the stadium will be ready for the Eye Street & Stadium Dedication on Saturday, August 29th when we host Calvert Hall at 2pm. We are less than 2 weeks away from the opener and we hope to see you all there!
Coach Randy Trivers
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