Bay hosts second 7-on-7 of the summer

Published: Jul. 8, 2021 at 4:57 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) -Some area teams worked to sharpen their passing game skills Thursday at Bay.

The Tornadoes hosted Freeport, Bozeman, and Rutherford for a four team, 7-on-7 competition. This the second seven on seven Bay’s hosted this summer.

It was all the skill position players going at it against the defensive linebackers and secondaries, and the coaches seemed pretty happy with the effort their kids were putting in.

“It’s going great,” said Freeport head football coach, Shawn Arntz. “Our guys are really trying hard and executing for the most part, but that’s why we are here to see the things that we need to work on but to continue to do all the little things right that we ask them to do. Hustling on and off the field, getting lined up properly and with a sense of urgency, not turning the ball over, knowing your assignments, all those things, so that’s what we really want to get out of this.”

Rutherford head football coach, Loren Tillman, says his team can only benefit from these camps.

“It’s going good,” said Tillman. “Anytime we get on the field, you’re going to get positives out of it, the competition. They’re going to play hard, show up , and you’re going to learn something, so we never take a negative out of this.”

The weather even held off all morning, giving the teams one of their first chances in a while to get out and get some work in.

“I think it’s the first day we’ve had the opportunity to be on the field in awhile,” said Bay head football coach, Keith Bland. “Since the last 7-on-7 we participated in over in Niceville. These are some great teams.

“This is the first 7-on-7 that has not been rained out or interrupted by rain or lightning, so that’s exciting. It’s great to see three different teams in one day. You get to see three different schemes. Three different types of players, three different types of coaching styles, so this is good. It’s like a buffet. You really get to see a little bit of everything.”

Coach Arntz wasn’t alone in his evaluation.

“Bozeman’s throwing it well,” said Coach Bland. “Freeport is throwing it tremendous, and Rutherford continues, you know that’s our big rivalry, so we have some heated moments with them. Our guys, we play hard, you know they talk trash well, and then they let it go and just move on to the next.”

In just over three weeks, these teams will start their preseason camp leading into the fall and the start of the season.

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