Several Area Teams Go Through 7-on-7 At Madison

  • 7/12/2017 2:04:07 PM
  • Jeff Alan
  • Local Sports

MADISON TOWNSHIP-  Several area football teams took part in 7-on-7 drills at Startek Stadium at Ram Field on Tuesday as both coaches and players try to get a jump start on their preseason which officially begins on Monday, July 31st.  The local teams that took part were Madison, Ontario, Clear Fork, Crestview, and Colonel Crawford.

For Ontario coach Chris Hawkins it is about setting a tone early and getting in the right mind frame.  "We gotta set the tone, we are trying to change the culture.  Last year was more about learning.  They know what to expect now.  They know X's and O's so now they need to learn what to expect, how we want them to play.  I thought a few times there we were not physical enough and the mentality was not what we needed.  We might not be in full season form, but the mentality has to start now."  Ontario will be looking to improve on a 4-6 finish in 2016.

For Madison coach Jami Masie it's about finding players.  "We're just looking for guys who are gonna compete.  Guys that are gonna come out and show us they are coachable and can do little things that we are asking.  We're looking for a new quarterback we got a couple of guys competing there and just seeing really who is ready to play."  The Rams are looking for better things in 2017 after a 2-8 finish in 2016.

Crestview who finished at 7-3 a season ago was maybe the most proficient of all the local teams.  While some coaches may not like a passing scrimmage, head coach Dan Mager is all for them.  "I love 'em."  Especially for the defense.  I like it because we go against other kids.  They start building some confidence.  There are good athletes out here.  From a defensive standpoint, I like it a lot better because of the coverages.  We ran the ball more than we threw, but it's nice to come out here and throw the ball knowing we can if we need to.  We have good receivers and a good quarterback which I think they showed today."

For Clear Fork coach Dave Carroll it's about doing a number of things.  "Well, I think it's a three-fold situation.  You want the kids to learn your offensive pass plays and your defensive coverages.  Secondly, their getting in shape and they don't even know it because they are running around out here catching passes and defending the ball.  And, thirdly, building comradery and having a good time."  The Colts, who were 3-7 a year ago in the OCC, will be starting their first year in the MOAC this August.     

Colonel Crawford coach Ryan Teglovic who's team finished at 8-2 and advanced to the postseason, says it just good practice.  "This is a practice for us.  We're playing a lot of kids and we want to see who can play and who can't.  We've never been a program that sets out to win a 7-on-7 we've never won any and were not going to be winning any in the future.  We're gonna bring a bunch of kids and play them and hopefully, we are gonna continue to get better."   

The 7-on-7 drills will continue at Startek Stadium at Ram Field on Thursday, July 13th, and Tuesday, July 18th running from 1 to 5 pm.  

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