Summer Kids Play Week-7-On-7

Changes In This Popular Sport This Summer

Our Summer Kids Play Week series continues with a sport that included a big change this summer. Our Sean Coffey reports on 7-on-7.

It may be the middle of summer, but that’s not keeping local football players off the gridiron. East and West, in addition to other area high schools, participating in annual 7-on-7 play at Memorial Stadium.

Said Warriors QB Donovan Harris, “I’m just here so everybody
can get better and our team chemistry can get better. And just helping everybody prepare for the season.”

Said Titans receiver Koby Levigne, “It’s in order to prepare for
the next season, so I can get better at my craft and just train and improve my skills.”

Besides keeping these athletes
in form, summer action like 7-on-7 serves a two-fold purpose — preparing the body for rapidly approaching two-a-days, and giving players a head start on sharpening their connection and chemistry between the lines.

Said Edna TE Malachi Brigham, “I think it’s actually really
big. Especially if you’re running everything, doing everything as hard as you can, it helps you out for August and then late December “

Said Harris, “I think it’s real good, because
getting that connection with your receivers as a quarterback is always good. So you can be dependent on them, and sharing that choice with them, and the bonding, it just makes everything better.”

For the Titans that chose to
participate, this year’s 7-on-7 has a new — and safer — look to it, as school boosters purchased soft padded helmets to decrease the risk of concussions.

Said Levigne, “It’s a new experience, but
I know it’s for the better considering we have safety issues. It’ll protect my head, but it’s really comfortable.”

For all these local teams, the hope that summer sweat will lead to fall success is real. Sean Coffey, Newscenter 25 Sports