Greenville continues football preparation

By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 10:39 am on Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Greenville’s Eric Plate leaps over the goal line to score for the Yellow Jackets during their 7-on-7 matchup against Ludington on Tuesday night at Legacy Field in Greenville.

GREENVILLE — It definitely felt like football season.

It’s just mid-July, but with temperatures in the mid-60s, a bout of rain and constant changing between overcast and sunny skies, it felt more like mid-September.

On Tuesday, the Greenville Yellow Jackets hosted its second 7-on-7 passing camp at Legacy Field. Ludington, Rockford and Fulton-Middleton made the trip.

“It was fun. These things are always fun,” Greenville coach Dave Moore said. “It was great to have Rockford here. That is some nice competition, which we have competed twice vs. them in 7-on-7s. That is great.”

It was the fourth passing camp for the Yellow Jackets (one at Rockford and one at Alma).

Each team competes against each other for 40 minutes, 20 on offense and 20 on defense.

“I’m definitely seeing improvement,” Moore said. “We’re not there, but you never are this time of year.  I told the kids we don’t play tomorrow. We don’t have to be ready tomorrow, but we play in 40 days.”

Moore, in his 11th season as head coach, said the goal is to see improvement with each camp.

Greenville head coach Dave Moore looks on as a Greenville offensive play comes to an end on Tuesday night at Legacy Field in Greenville.

“I think our tempo is really good. We have the ability to run our plays and do a good job with that,” Moore said. “Defensively, we are running to the ball very good.”

Throwing the ball for the Yellow Jackets was senior Kyle O’Connor and junior Logan MacMillen.

O’Connor had the same team assessment as his coach after four passing camps.

“I think it went pretty well. We still have a lot to work on. We’re not there yet, but we are getting there,” O’Connor said. “The defense is looking pretty good. The one thing I think we need to work on is our routes on offense.”

Moore said the Yellow Jackets have great senior leadership, while O’Connor noted the team’s speed as a huge positive.

“I think it’s going to be a good year for us,” O’Connor said. “We are trying to spread the ball around more. We have decent size, but we have a lot of speed on this team. So spreading it out should be pretty good for us.”

The Yellow Jackets will host another passing camp on Tuesday with Lakeview, Carson City-Crystal and Fulton joining the action.

Greenville is also spending three days a week working out in preparation for the season. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 6:30 to 8 a.m., the Yellow Jackets can be found in the weight room.

“They love that,” Moore said sarcastically. “But it’s great for the kids. We come in early and we work hard. We get done and they go home or go to work.”

Greenville opens the season Aug. 28 at home against longtime rival Belding. The first official football practice in Aug. 11.

The excitement for the upcoming season is starting to build for the Yellow Jackets.

“Only four weeks until our first official practice,” O’Connor said. “It’s coming fast. I’m excited and I know the rest of the guys are excited too.”

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