Cam Moncur made his first trip to the Duel in the summer of 2015. In his own words, “it didn’t go well.”
Moncur did something about it.
“My first trip, I didn’t do well at all,” he said. “So I went to a lot more NFA camps and worked on my game a lot more. It helped me a lot coming into my second Duel.”
In July, Moncur did extremely well at the Duel. He finished second among incoming eighth graders.
“After I didn’t do well in the first Duel, I told myself I wasn’t going to let that happen again,” Moncur said. “I told myself I wanted to win. I wanted to be confident. I didn’t necessarily expect to win the Duel, but I wanted to win badly. I was happy placing second but being so close, I obviously would have liked to finish first. Still, I was really happy with it. I wanted to improve and I wanted to win, but to be on that stage and with the NFA organization there and the large number of kids that were participating, doing so well did a lot for me. It gave me a sense of, ‘I got this.’ I can keep progressing.”
An obvious competitor, Moncur built off his Duel success and had a standout season as his team’s starting quarterback at Landon School in Bethesda, Maryland.
“There’s a lot of room for improvement,” he said after the Bears went 2-3. “But as far as the guys on my team, I was really happy to a part of it. I feel like we really grew together as a team and I’m excited about what the future is going to bring.”
Landon School dropped its first two games before ending the season on a high note. “I just think we started understanding each other as teammates and we started progressing,” Moncur said. “Losing our first two games, that obviously frustrated us. But I think we found a new gear inside of ourselves. We pushed harder, played harder, hit harder and just worked better together as a team.”
As for his own performance, Moncur made steady strides in his first season at Landon School. “All in all, I’m very happy with how I played,” the 5-foot-11, 165-pounder said. “I think I was really consistent with how I delivered the ball and doing a good job of spreading it around. But I think as the record shows, there’s a lot more you can do for your team. There were obviously some throws I wish I could take back. But overall, I’m pretty happy with the way I played.”
Being affiliated with NFA the past two years has helped Moncur grow and improve at QB. “In multiple ways,” he said. “I’m a huge follower of the R4 system. I’ve been studying that a lot through the videos and their book. That’s really helped me on the field.”
The training he’s done with NFA has also elevated Moncur’s play. “The camps and the curriculum that they teach, it provides a really, really good set of ideas for you to bring to your game, and for your fundamentals and your mechanics,” he said. “Any time there’s been a slump throwing the ball or there’s been something weird with my mechanics, I can always go back and look at the notes that I took at the camps I attended. That helps me out and helps me improve my throwing.”