Leila Dycus Staff Writer
Morgan County High School (MCHS)Bulldogs football hit the field this week as they competed in their first seven-on-seven game, taking on Jefferson County and Greene County. “It’s a chance for our kids to play against someone else. It breaks the monotony of what we do every day and allows us to see someone else,” said Coach Bill Malone. “That generally makes you step up your game a little bit when you get to play against someone else.” On Wednesday, June 11, the MCHS Varsity football team welcomed Jefferson and Greene County to the practice field to participate in their first seven-on-seven game of the summer. Despite the heat the Morgan County players were happy to face an opponent for the first time in a while. Although this may be their first game of the summer taking on another team, the Bulldogs have been hard at work.
For the past several weeks the boys have been busy, arriving at the school gym at 7 am for practices. The team lifts weights from 7 am to 8:15 am, Monday through Thursday. After lifting the team hits the field where they continue their practice until 9:20 am. These summer practices are a time when coaches can begin installing the Bulldog offense and defense. Weekly practices combined with seven-on-seven games prepare the team for the coming season. This summer’s seven-on-seven games give the Bulldogs a chance to face other teams they will see in the coming season in a way that is different than their regular season games. A seven-on-seven game is basically two-hand touch football, with no linemen involved. That means that the only thing the teams are allowed to do is pass. Coach Malone said that this gives the Bulldogs a chance to work on pass defense and at the same time, work on the offensive passing game.
The teams and fans can keep up with the number of times that they make it into the end zone, but no official score is kept. In this week’s games against Jefferson and Greene counties it was obvious that Jefferson was the best of the three teams. “Some teams take great pride in winning seven-on-sevens, but our goal is to recognize where our deficiencies are,” said Coach Malone. These practice games give coaches the chance to see how the boys understand the coverages.
It’s also a chance to make sure the team understands the signals given to them by Coach Robbins and if they are running the correct routes. “It’s a chance for us to evaluate in a game like atmosphere who can perform and who’s still a little behind on that,” said Malone. This week the Morgan County boys came out and competed well, but the game proved that there are still things that they need to work on. The Bulldog coaches are looking forward to having the time to work with the kids more throughout the summer and into the fall. “We’re just putting our stuff in and then seeing how it works against what other teams bring against us,” said Malone.