GREENVILLE — Even though it’s baseball weather, football was the primary focus Tuesday at Greenville High School’s Yellow Jacket Stadium.
The Greenville Yellow Jackets hosted a three-team 7-on-7 passing scrimmage, joining former Central Michigan Athletic Conference rivals Fulton and Carson City-Crystal at the event.
It was the first competition for the three teams since the “dead week” the week of July 2.
“I thought our kids did a really good job,” Eagles coach Jason Gray said. “We’re doing some things differently defensively and threw the kids into a situation where they had to pick up things on the run because we’re only allowed to work with the kids so many days during the summer.”
Greenville coach Dave Moore was also impressed with his team.
“We did a couple of 7-on-7s earlier in the summer and then we took took our dead week,” he said. “I think we came out a little sluggish at first because we haven’t been throwing or catching for a couple of weeks. But then after a while we picked it up and we finished very well, and that was important.”
In a 7-on-7 passing scrimmage, there’s no blitzing the quarterback or anything other than trying to run routes to catch the ball or prevent the other team from catching the ball. Both coaches said it was a chance to work on the defense and passing game.
The coaches also liked the focus of their teams.
“The thing we always look for the most is effort out of the kids and I think that was awesome,” Moore said. “Our kids give a lot of effort and that’s all we ask.”
“They worked really hard,” Gray said. “Their pursuit angles on defense were fantastic, offensively we completed a lot of passes.”
Of course the coaches have things they want to work on before their first games.
“We have to get better with our technique as individuals,” Gray said. “Scheme-wise the kids understand what we’re doing. The little things we have to iron out.”
“Everything,” Moore said. “The reason why you do these things is to get better at your schemes and defensively about recognizing what teams are trying to do against you offensively so you can get better at the plays you run and the little things that makes you better.”
Gray put the day in perspective.
“It’s July,” he said. “We should have to iron out individual techniques. We’ll get it done.”