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Decatur High offensive line coach Richard Armstrong, back right, watches Decatur junior Sloan Stofel, front right, go through zone blocking drills against Decatur junior Kate Dougherty at the school's fourth annual Football for Females Clinic on Tuesday.
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Decatur High offensive line coach Richard Armstrong, back right, watches Decatur junior Sloan Stofel, front right, go through zone blocking drills against Decatur junior Kate Dougherty at the school's fourth annual Football for Females Clinic on Tuesday.

Females in the know with football drills

By Ashley Hargrove
sports@decaturdaily.com 340-2460

If you happened to drive by Ogle Stadium on Tuesday night and hear whistles blowing and lots of yelling, it wasn't because head coach Jere Adcock and his Decatur Red Raiders were holding spring practice.

Instead, Adcock and his coaching staff put on their fourth annual Football for Females Clinic. The event lasted about 2 hours, 15 minutes and drew 65 participants, who paid either $35 for adults, $25 for students or $50 for mother/daughter combos.

"The idea for this came about when Carol Sartain and a group of mothers decided it would be a good fundraiser," Adcock said. "We've had anywhere from 50 to 85 people come and participate. It's always a fun event."

As the females who participated gathered in team's fieldhouse, Adcock treated them, well, a little like football players.

Adcock was quick to get their attention by blowing his whistle twice, followed by saying, "Listen up." After giving a rundown of the practice schedule, Adcock ended his pep talk by saying, "Let's get to work."

Out on the Ogle Stadium field, the women went through typical football drills, and coaches could be heard yelling, "Move it, Move it! Can't you move any faster than that?"

Sartain, whose son William is a senior on the team, went through the clinic and said she enjoys participating every year.

"It gives me a chance to see and experience what my son goes through at practice every day and gives me an opportunity to be around the coaches who have had such an influence on him," she said. "Anytime I have an opportunity to be apart of the program, it's always an enjoyment."

Kim Ingram, whose son Kris is also a senior, was quick to agree.

"I've participated all four years as well, and this was probably my favorite of all of them."

Adcock said that not only did the participants get to learn through drill work, but learn football fundamentals as well.

"It's just a fun fundraiser," he said. "People who come and do it end up really enjoy it."

Decatur High ninth-grader Alex Bramlett said she participated so she could understand the football terms used by her stepfather, who is Red Raiders' assistant coach Lee Cagle. She gained a little more than that.

"It was fun to be able to get together and be with my friends and have a good time," she said. "I'll definitely participate in it again next year."

After wrapping up drills, Adcock and participants gathered for snacks and a brief question-and-answer session.

"Now that you've participated, you'll be able to tell your husbands or boyfriends, 'Look, they're in Cover-3 formation,' " Adcock said, jokingly.

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