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Ben Matthews (left) and Ryan Simonds drill on the first day of pre-season practice for the Atholton High School football team. Kyle Schmitt, the coach at Atholton, has a conservative approach to training and only has his kids wear full gear once a week. “We limit hitting. We just don’t beat our kids up,” he said. “We stress the mental portion of the game rather than knocking heads.”

( Kim Hairston, Baltimore Sun / August 11, 2012 )

Ben Matthews (left) and Ryan Simonds drill on the first day of pre-season practice for the Atholton High School football team. Kyle Schmitt, the coach at Atholton, has a conservative approach to training and only has his kids wear full gear once a week. “We limit hitting. We just don’t beat our kids up,” he said. “We stress the mental portion of the game rather than knocking heads.”

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