Cairo, Georgia- July 19, 2012
Thomas County Central's playbook is an encyclopedia for running the football. That's why the Yellow Jackets weren't abuzz about passing at Cairo's 7-on-7 camp.
"Most of our passers are play-action, which is not the best thing for 7-on-7," TCC Head Coach Bill Shaver said. "We like doing the seven-on-seven more for our defense. It gives our defense a chance to see all different kinds of passing teams."
But teams aren't always trying to execute new plays.
"We don't get fancy during the summer," Leon Head Coach Bill Ragans said. "We try to run coverages and schemes we're going to run on offense and defense in the fall and hopefully we learn where we're supposed to be when we're supposed to be there."
Colquitt County Head Coach Rush Propst is hosting the Southwestern Select 7-on-7 tournament for the fourth straight season. It lured several out-of-state teams, including one from Indiana.
"It's good for Moultrie," Propst said. "It brings folks here like these kids out of Warren Central, Indiana and kids out of Eufaula. Some of these teams, these kids are in Moultrie for the first time."
Propst calls it part of his summer training program. For small schools like West Gadsden, they crave the extra reps.
"Our guys are going both ways and there's are not," West Gadsden Head Coach Antonio Bradwell said. "It gets us in pretty good shape when we do play against our opponent. We should be faring pretty well."
So whether it's running, passing or on defense, winning on Friday nights start at these camps.