Woodcreek's busy summer carries into start of football camp

By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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Woodcreek High School officially began football practice Monday, but the Timberwolves, like every other program, have been hard at it all summer.

“We’ve been very active all summer,” head coach John Hildebrand said Monday as the big boys on the varsity team headed home and the Junior Timberwolves arrived.

Woodcreek attended the Sierra College football camp with Rocklin and Del Oro, competed in 7-on-7 tournaments, played in the Del Oro passing league and, of course, lifted weights.

There’s is a twist in the Timberwolves’ camp this summer. Even though the three high school teams number more than 150 bodies, Woodcreek is looking at more players going both ways.

‘We have quite a few more guys going both ways, not necessarily starting but learning both sides,” Hildebrand said, explaining the Timberwolves were “bitten by the injury bug” last season.

Having more players adept to playing on both sides of the ball increases team depth in the long run, Hildebrand said.

The quarterback is senior Stephen Nogosek, who pitched Woodcreek to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II baseball championship last spring.

Hildebrand said he likes his “entire group,” the offense and defense, and they’re progressing “systematically” toward their season opener Aug. 24, a home game against recent power Folsom, the Division II section champ in 2010 and
runner-up last season.

“We’ve scrimmaged with them in the past. We have a pretty good relationship with them,” Hildebrand said of the Bulldogs and coach Kris Richardson. “It worked out.”