Linden football utilizes 7-on-7 events

Published 12:00 am Friday, August 3, 2007

LINDEN &8212; Though Coach Andro Williams believes that ground production is the cornerstone of a consistent offense, Linden High School football players have been delving into their pass game quite a bit in the past two weeks.

The group has participated in two 7-on-7 competitions in the past two weeks, amassing an undefeated record against opponents in the process. Williams said the competitions allow groups participating a chance to run their pass offenses and defenses against groups unfamiliar with their systems, which allows coaches to make adjustments to increase the effectiveness of the systems.

The first of the two events the group participated in the past two weeks was a competition among eight teams at Maplesville High School. The group won the competition, beating out hosting team, Maplesville, 44-27, in the final game.

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This Tuesday the group attended another event, where they were scheduled to play Leroy, Demopolis and Thomasville. The group only got a game and a half under its belt before weather ended the competitions.

The group beat out defending state 2A champions, Leroy High School, in the first match up, which Williams said was a good game in which Linden came out on top. His group then faced Demopolis, but the match ended early due to rain.

Williams said the 7-on-7 work helps keep his group from becoming complacent in the work they have put in this summer. He said the group has continued to grow and get better, noting the work of the quarterback and wide receivers.

Williams said the events, however, don&8217;t include blockers, so he can&8217;t speculate too much about the team&8217;s efficiency. He said the competitions are good preparation for his group entering a new season with a new system but noted that 7-on-7 results don&8217;t always carry into the season.