Thursday, June 13, 2013
Cards host summer football
By BARRY BURLESON
Area football teams are getting some off-season training close to home.
Potts Camp High School is hosting seven-on-seven each Monday during June.
In recent years, Marshall County schools like Potts Camp, Byhalia and H.W. Byers have traveled to Oxford for seven-on-seven.
“This keeps it local,” coach Shane Stone, “making it easier travel-wise.”
Monday, June 3, the competition, with no pads, kicked off as Potts Camp, Byhalia, Benton County and Independence participated.
“The other coaches chipped in, and we all ran it,” Stone said. “It went well.”
He said seven-on-seven, played sort of like flag football, helps tremendously with conditioning and in other areas.
“Quarterbacks and receivers can work on timing, and defensively, linebackers and defensive backs can work on where they need to be in pass coverage and when to break on the ball,” Stone said.
“It helps a lot with fundamentals.”
After seven-on-seven wraps up in June, Coach Stone said his Cardinals will continue to lift weights in the summer.
The “real practice” for area public school teams is less than two months away. It begins Monday, Aug. 5, in preparation for season openers on Friday, Aug. 23.
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