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Gabriel Christus
Jake Ronder, right, picks up Tanner Cassin as the Evergreen Cougars work on tackling drills July 17 during a two-week preseason camp at Evergreen Middle School.
Cougars go to camp to prep for 2014

Midsummer’s 90-degree heat had eased — if only for a day — on July 17, and the grass at Evergreen Middle School was a little thicker than what the Evergreen Cougars are accustomed to. Consistent rain does that, not to mention that EHS’ home facility and the playing surface at familiar Trailblazer Stadium is turf, not grass.

Yet, heat or no heat, grass or turf, it was all relative for Evergreen’s football team, which was in the first of a two-week camp just weeks before officially starting practice Aug. 11.