The Cumberland Gap Panthers hosted six teams on Thursday for a 7-on-7 passing league. Teams were able to rotate every 10 plays with one team sitting out in between.
Schools that attended the event included: Cumberland Gap, Bell County, Grainger County, Union County, Hancock County and Jellico.
Cumberland Gap, Bell and Hancock County played on one half of the field while the remaining teams worked on the other.
“Everybody is getting a lot of work in,” said Cumberland Gap coach Corey Russell. “It’s a chance to practice against some different people and see some different looks.”
Russell said the event was held to get players more reps and not for wins and losses.
“It’s not a tournament or anything. Nobody cares who wins or loses,” said Russell. “We’re just out here getting reps and getting work and getting better.”
Russell stressed that it was important for his team to be able to see different offenses and defenses during the scrimmages. He said that everybody does 7-on-7 drills in their practice against their own players.
“In that type of situation, everybody knows the plays,” said Russell about the drills in practice. “It’s good to mix it up and see how you do against other people. Everybody’s got their own little nuances to their offense. It’s good to see all these different looks. It’s stuff you can’t replicate in practice.”
Overall, Russell said he felt his team was performing well. He said the team participated in a couple of leagues last week, and he feels they got better after each outing.
“We’ve got a lot of young guys on this team, a lot of guys who haven’t played a whole lot of football,” said Russell. “This type of stuff is very valuable for us to get them a little bit of experience before the season.”
Bell County also had a good day on Thursday. Receivers for the team were able to get open and quarterback Peyton Collett was able to complete passes through small windows.
Coach Wayne Mills complimented Collett for his performance.
“Peyton knows it’s his senior year, and he’s had the best attitude,” said Mills. “He’s worked hard.”
Mills also complimented his team’s performance on Thursday.
“I’m really pleased with our kids. We’re flying around and catching balls decent,” said Mills.
The coach said the event was very important for their defense because of the skills they get to practice while participating.
“You just don’t get these looks in practice,” said Mills. “We really like the defensive part of it because it helps us get timing, see who can play and helps our kids on their drops and secondary for the most part.”
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