Goon Squad goes to camp

If it works once, do it again.web defenseThe Houston Hilltopper defensive line partipated in summer football camp at East Mississippi Community College last year and returned last week for another round.

Defensive line coach, Coty Cox, said the experience is beneficial to the players for several reasons.
“It’s not just defense, it’s also offensive,” Cox said. “They learn different techniques from coaches who have won a National Championship. That’s the kind of people you’re learning from.”
The three-day camp is packed with exercises emphasizing running, passing, weight lifting, snapping and overall fitness for the game and Cox said the Houston boys showed well in every category.
“We’re in there with guys from West Point, Oak Grove, Walnut, Petal, places like that, big football schools and we were just as good physically as anyone,” Cox said.
Cox said the local players have a blue-collar work ethic that draws attention from other players and coaches. While moving from work station to work station, the Houston boys were usually in the lead.
“There was always a maroon helmet leading the way,” Cox said. “It was very hot and we found out we are in very good shape. Avery Seals came out as a natural leader for the entire camp. Every session, he’s the one getting them up and breaking them down.”
Cox said in addition to the physical instruction, the trip affords the players an opportunity to visit an area community college, the first time some of them have been on a post-secondary campus.
“We preach college, college, college, but some of these guys have never been to one and it pushes them to want to try to get back,” Cox said.
The trip, funded by the Houston Touchdown Club, is the second EMCC camp the “Goon Squad” has attended.
The “Goons” acquired their name several years back as the incoming freshmen worked for a spot on the varsity line. The name stuck and the players and coaches like it, using it for inspiration to achieve and grow in the game.
“‘Goon Squad’ is here forever,” Cox said.
The Hilltoppers went 11-3 overall last season and advanced to the third round of MHSAA playoffs.