It may be summer time, but the Rolla High School football team has been preparing for this fall for some time.

It may be summer time, but the Rolla High School football team has been preparing for this fall for some time.
The Bulldogs have two more sessions of the summer 7-on-7 passing league it participates in. Rolla will host the 7-on-7 games on Monday at Lions Memorial Field, from 6-8 p.m. Rolla, St. James, Salem and Lebanon will compete.
And on Thursday RHS players will split for a couple of events. The skill players will go to Springfield Kickapoo for the Ozark Conference 7-on-7 Tournament, to begin at 5 p.m.
And also at 5 p.m. Thursday RHS linemen go to Waynesville for the annual Ozark Conference Lineman Challenge.
In all prep teams have 25 contact days through the summer.
“We have Monday morning practice and lift weights,” said RHS head coach Willie Howard. “But we save most of our stuff for our July camps.”
The Rolla High School camp, for kids entering grades 8-12, will be from 7:30-10 a.m. July 7-11 and July 14-18 at Lions Memorial Field.
Also, the Rolla Grade School Football Camp, for kids entering grades 4-7, will be held July 7-10 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Lions Memorial Field.
In addition Rolla will compete in the Sullivan Full-Contact Camp on Friday, July 18, starting at 6 p.m. at the Sullivan High School field.
“We’ve had two Monday practices and have a lot of kids from 9-12 grades show up,” Howard said. “They seem to have fun picking up schemes and getting back into the flow.
“We’re just trying to improve and trying to utilize what we’ve got coming back.”
The Bulldogs are trying to rebound from a 1-9 2013 campaign, including a 1-8 Ozark Conference mark.
RHS has some returning skill personnel to build around, including senior Andy Satulla and juniors Josh Leon and Lee Clancy at running back; juniors Kyle Morris and Zach Brown at quarterback, and seniors Blaine Hrovat, Landon Maynard and Collin Nash and junior Keegan Chrisco at receiver. Another receiver who has participated in summer workouts is 6-4 junior Caleb Copeland, who didn’t play as a sophomore but was the freshman team’s top receiver two years ago.
Satulla rushed for 1,345 yards (5.7 yards per carry) and 10 touchdowns last season while Morris passed for 804 yards and four TDs and rushed for 199 yards and one TD. Satulla also caught 18 passes for 264 yards while Nash caught 14 passes for 154 yards.
The Bulldog offensive line must replace three of four starters, but will be anchored by senior returners Dalton Turner and Dakota Cartwright.
Among the top defenders back for RHS are junior linebacker Evan Voight, and Nash and Maynard in the secondary.  Maynard is also the returning place-kicker.