LAKEVIEW — Lakeview’s football team got some more work in against a real opponent instead of their own teammates.
The Wildcats had 7- on-7 passing drills with Newaygo Tuesday at the practice fields at Lakeview High School.
In a 7- on- 7 passing drill, a team has only one offensive lineman — the center — a quarterback and five receivers going up against an opponent that has seven non- line-man defenders. The idea is to hone in the passing game before the start of the season, noted Lakeview coach Sean Rinehart.
“All the 7- on- 7s are pretty much the same,” he said. “ You’re going to come out here and make mistakes and you’re going to make improvements and that was very evident ( Tuesday). Little mis-takes, and those are all things that can be cor-rected through film and getting outside. I’m pret-ty happy with how we did.”
Rinehart was good with the offensive side of the ball after the drills.
“ We’re not a throwing team,” Rinehart said. “ We’re an option team and we’re going to try to run the ball to set up our pass. So when we come to these things, no defense is going to honor the run because they don’t have to. So a lot of the things we do are all about tech-nique, it’s about foot-work, it’s about coming out and giving 100 per-cent and I was very happy with the effort we gave ( Tuesday).”
The defense was most impressive to Rinehart.
“ Defensively, I was very happy,” he said. “ We’re implementing some new things and a lot of the guys are playing different sports and are at camps and things like that. To come out here and learn on the fly and to be effec-tive, Iwas very impressed. I was very happy.”
This was the second 7- on- 7 the Wildcats had participated in. They were in Greenville before the Fourth of July “dead period.”
However, it was the first 7- on- 7 for the Lions and he and his players were looking forward to it.
“ I was pretty excited,” said Andy Bush, the Lions’ head coach. “ We always start late. We always start after the ‘dead period’ to get our 7- on- 7s in a couple weeks before the season.”
Bush still thought his team fared well against Lakeview.
“ Without a doubt, we were rusty,” he said. “ But I liked our improvement from where we started to where we end. I was really happy with my defense in the second period. Sure, we have some things to clean up, but I was really happy with the improve-ments we made. I thought our JV, our younger kids, did really well. We still have a lot to work on. We know what we have to do.”
Lakeview will head to Newaygo for another 7- on- 7 with the Lions next Wednesday