Hornets preparing for camp, game

It’s a busy weekend for the Catawba County Hornets, who are preparing to host their fifth annual camp and play a game on the same day.

The Hornets, along with the Newton Parks and Recreation Department, are hosting a Football Skills Clinic for boys and girls age 4-12 on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Westside/Jaycee Park.

At the camp, children learn different football fundamentals and coordination skills.

Doug Frye, coach and owner of the Hornets, said he wants children to take away a few things from this camp.

“We try to teach these kids discipline with exercises,” Frye said. “We try to teach them football skills and also how to get along with people.”

Another part of the experience is for the Hornets players themselves, who get a chance to interact with young children.

“I require it for them to be there, unless they have to work in the morning,” Frye said. “I think having the players work with the kids makes them feel good after doing that. Some of them might be a little tired come game time, but playing in the game that night will help take care of that.”

Following the conclusion of the camp, the Hornets (2-1) take on the Virginia Storm (2-1) in Central Carolinas Football League action.

Last Saturday, the Hornets suffered their first loss of the season at home to the Iredell Warriors, 38-14. The Hornets committed two turnovers in the first two possessions and fell behind 28 points before scoring in the game.

Frye said the loss was tough, but it helped ground his team.

“It was an emotional loss last week,” Frye said. “We are just trying to gear up ourselves and point everything in the right direction. We want to come back this week strong and hard. We want to show everyone we are still in contention at the top of the league, and that we just had a little let down last week.”

The Storm are 2-1 on the season, winning last week 25-8 against the Rowan Rampage. The Storm own a opening week victory against the Richmond County Golden Bears, 34-16, but were dismantled the following week against the Carolina Eagles, 40-0.

Saturday’s game is at 7:30 p.m. at Westside/Jaycee Park. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-12 and kids under the age of 6 get in free.