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Two-a-day workouts will mark the start of the prep football season in just three weeks. But South Kitsap High School football coach D.J. Sigurdson said it’s the quarterback camp he holds four weeks before the season starts that plays a crucial role in the team’s preparation.

The week-long camp, which concluded yesterday, consisted of any player interested in being a quarterback at the junior high and high school level.

While the camp consists of a mixture of experienced and inexperienced quarterbacks, Sigurd-son said everyone starts on the same plane.

Because fundamentals are the central theme, all quarterback drills are broken down into physical and mental tests.

Physically, everyone works on throwing, footwork and ball handling.

Mentally, the quarterbacks work on making adjustments and reads.

Sigurdson said it’s crucial for the quarterbacks to get a head start over the rest of the position players when the first day of practice rolls around in three weeks.

“We get enough ahead that when we actually start practicing we’re not thinking about which foot to step with,” Sigurdson said. “We’re able to help everybody else get better.”

Sigurdson said he’s not sure who the starting quarterback will be his season, but he likes what he has seen from his possibilities.

“The important thing for our quarterback is to be under control,” Sigurdson said. “There’s a lot he has to do before the ball is even snapped. And he must execute the offense.”

While Sigurdson worked on quarterbacks during the morning, he was busy running his annual junior high camp in the evening.

The relationship between the three junior high programs and SK has been a long-standing tradition and a big reason for SK’s success every year.

Sigurdson said it’s obvious there’s an advantage to having sophomores come into the high school program knowing its philosophy, tradition, fundamentals and playbook.

Sigurdson said he makes sure the junior high camp is not intensive like the high school practices he runs.

“The philosophy is the same,” he said. “We’re going to focus on the fundamentals, but the approach is much different. We try to generate interest. We want to teach them the fundamentals but we want to make it fun for them.”

Sigurdson said the football program is a lot better off than it was two summers ago when junior high sports were cut because of the double levy failure.

But with last year’s passing of the levy, Sigurdson said there’s a lot more stability.

“Two years ago, we had 24 support staff for 12 kids,” Sigurdson said. “This year we’ve got 60 (at camp) this summer. It’s a lot different now.”

With all three junior high coaching staffs on board at the junior high camp, Sigurdson said everything is running smoothly.

“We’ve got the coaching staffs from all three junior highs at the camp,” he said. “Those guys do a really good job. They’re having fun and learning a whole bunch.”

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