GREENVILLE — What a difference a week makes.
A week ago, the temperature was more reminiscent of late-September (mid-60s). On Tuesday, the temperature felt like summer again (upper 80s).
Regardless, the effort was the same at another 7-on-7 passing camp at Legacy Field in Greenville. The host Yellow Jackets competed against the Fulton Pirates and the Lakeview Wildcats.
Carson City-Crystal was originally scheduled to participate, but canceled last week.
Teams competed against each other for 40 minutes (20 on offense and 20 on defense), with the Yellow Jackets and Wildcats matching up last.
“I thought we did alright. I think our competitive edge is starting to come back,” Lakeview coach Sean Rinehart said. “It’s the end of the summer and I think they feel the start of the season coming around. I like the fact, we had a team playing physical in Greenville, and we have to match that now and in the season.”
This was Lakeview’s third passing camp, even though, the Wildcats are a rushing dominated team.
“Offensively, we are not a dominating passing team,” Rinehart said. “I thought what we did, we did well. We have some things to do with our quarterback, getting the ball down, and some things to do with our route running. But I think every team in the state has these issues right now.”
This was Greenville’s fifth passing camp of the summer.
“I thought our effort was really good and that’s one of the most important things that we want,” Greenville coach Dave Moore said. “I think that our communication has gotten so much better on the field. We are all on the same page and that is really good.
“We are coming along. We are learning, but we are not there yet,” he added.
Rinehart is in his second season at Lakeview coach. The Wildcats improved from 5-4 in 2012 to 7-2 in 2013. It was Lakeview’s first playoff appearance since the 2006 season.
“I have seen improvement from the first passing camp. Especially, from this year to last year,” Rinehart said. “It’s footwork we are getting better at, getting better at timing and route running. I think we are getting better at the little things that will help make us go.”
A second year under Rinehart’s system has the Wildcats feeling more confident than a year ago.
“I think we are more confident. Obviously, we are way ahead of where we were last year,” Rinehart said. “This is my second year here. More so than confident, I think we are more excited about what we are doing because they understand it. Now we just have to add the little things to make it more dynamic.”
Moore thought his team played well defensively.
“I think we are really doing a nice job of re-routing receivers and breaking on the ball,” Moore said. “That allows us to get breakups and interceptions. From the beginning of summer until now, we have come a long way.”
The Yellow Jackets (2-7 in 2012) have one passing camp left. They will travel to Alma on July 31.
Greenville opens the season Aug. 28 at home against Belding. The Wildcats begin the year the same day at home against Tri County.
Lakeview is ready to continue last year’s success.
“I never liked being the underdog team,” Rinehart said. “I always liked having a team that everyone was looking at. The team with the target on their back. I look at us, as that and I think we can be very successful.”
Lakeview is hosting a high school minicamp this week and will host a youth camp next week.
The youth football camp will be held Monday through Wednesday (8:30 a.m. to noon). The camp is for third through eighth graders and costs $30, which can be paid at the start of camp.