7-on-7 tournaments keep prep players sharp in the summer

CALLAWAY, Fla- It may be the middle of summer, but that doesn't mean high school football players aren't working hard towards success in the fall. Case in point, summer workouts, which take a variety of different forms.

This week the form of choice was a 7 on 7 passing competition at the Callaway Sports complex between six area schools, Mosley, Bozeman, St. Joe, Franklin County, Wewahitchka, and Bay.

These are no contact workouts as the teams line up a one snapper, the QB and receivers. This certainly helping the timing, and giving linebackers and secondary players the chance to get their assignments down. All this another indication of the dedication prep players in football and other sports have to show in order to try and compete at the highest levels these days.

"This is just part of our process," Bozeman Head Coach Loren Tillman said. "If we didn't have these things we would try to be cramming that into the Spring too and it would kind of overwhelm the kids. Kind of break up the playbook, focus on one part at a time and then in the Fall you got everything in."

"Give them a chance to stretch their legs, give them a chance to compete. Any time you get 'em in a competitive situation it gives them a chance to get better. You know just see what they're made of, you know kind of reveals their character a little bit more. Helps us get a little bit better idea of what we're looking at in the Fall, based on what we saw in the Spring," added Port St. Joe Head Coach Vern Barth.

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