NHC prepping for Northwest Missouri’s 8-man football camp

Aggies leaving green grass of home for FieldTurf of Maryville

By Russ Green/Sports Editor

Zac Smith. (File photo)

Zac Smith. (File photo)

There’s one part of the football camp Norborne/Hardin-Central will soon attend at Northwest Missouri State University that running back and defensive back Zac Smith would probably rather skip: playing on FieldTurf.

“Not a big fan of it,” said Smith, a Norborne senior, following Norborne/Hardin-Central’s own team camp at Hardin-Central.

The Aggies will play on the artificial surface at Bearcat Stadium during Northwest Missouri’s three-day camp for 8-man football programs, which will begin Saturday. Playing on FieldTurf is more difficult than the grass fields where the Aggies typically play, according to Smith.

“I almost feel like I don’t have as much traction,” he said. “When you’re running, whenever you fall down, it’ll burn you. Turf burn is bad. Your cleats, they just feel like they’re on fire. It’s just not as good. I don’t understand why colleges do that.”

But not all of Norborne/Hardin-Central’s scrimmages with other programs will be in Bearcat Stadium, according to Aggies varsity head coach Kirk Thacker.

The complete story is in the Tuesday, June 21, 2016 Richmond News.


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