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Football is back; seven-on-seven style
by Bruce Harper
May 29, 2009 | 1125 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Trojan Kyle Wright practices with the varsity group in the early summer sessions of 7-on-7. The Trojans begin play in the Sinton Summer League on June 9.
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The high school football season kicks off unofficially today (Saturday) as the Pettus Eagles host the first 7-on-7 tournament of the summer.

Games will begin at 10 a.m. and the tournament’s title game will be played at approximately 7 p.m.

Teams signed up to participate in the Eagles’ tournament include some very good A and 2A teams from around the area. Stockdale, George West, Woodsboro, Skidmore-Tynan, Ben Bolt, Runge and Yorktown will join the host Eagles on the playing field today. George West, S-T , Pettus and Woodsboro will field two teams to allow a few more players the chance to compete and fine-tune their skills.

The game is basically a passing attack with a quarterback, a center, one backfield receiver and the rest are all wide-outs going up against the other team’s set of defensive backs and linebackers. No running plays are allowed.

“Seven-on-seven can be beneficial for any high school team. At some point in every team’s season, they are going to face a passing attack and seven-on-seven really helps get you ready to defend the pass,” said Eagle head football coach Steve Marbach.

“It’s even more beneficial for a team like ours because we pass the ball quite a bit. It’s a chance for us to practice the majority of our offense against some good teams.”

The QB has only four seconds to get rid of the ball. The playing field is limited to approximately 50 yards and teams must make first downs to keep the ball moving and to eventually score a touchdown.

The game allows the teams to fine-tune passing attacks and work on defensive schemes. It allows the athletes a chance to continue to compete over the summer and keep in good playing shape.

“Lastly, any time we get kids from our school together in an organized, positive environment, it’s good for them. Just being together and competing helps build our team’s sense of unity,” Marbach said.

The teams are coached by parents, former players and others, not associated with the schools’ athletic department. But, the teams’ coaches are usually around to keep an eye on their players and to see who is doing what over the summer.

The Beeville Trojans are getting ready for their summer of competition with a week or so of practice. Competition begins June 9 in the Sinton this year. The Trojans (both the Orange and White squads) will join Pettus and Skidmore-Tynan along with Refugio, Goliad, Sinton, Odem, Taft, Aransas Pass, West Oso and Robstown. All the games will be played in Sinton and each team will be playing three games every Monday night at 5, 6 and 7 p.m.

The Beeville coaches this year will include Bebe Adamez, Danny Adamez, Ricky Maldonado, Matt Botello and Haz Brasfield.

The Trojans also will be competing in a state qualifying tournament this summer in San Antonio. That tournament is set for June 20 at Alamo Heights.
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