Tigers play well at 7-on-7 camp

Published 5:47 pm Friday, July 10, 2009

With football season right around the corner, the Greenville Tigers took part in a 7-on-7 camp at Prattville on Tuesday and came home with a 5-2 record.

“The kids played really well, and I was proud of them, but we just ran out of gas in the last game against Charles Henderson,” said head coach Ben Blackmon.

In the first game, Greenville topped Prattville2 20-11, but Wetumpka got the best of of the Tigers 13-11 in the second match.

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From there, the Tigers rattled off a 28-2 win over Daleville, a 21-9 win over Montgomery Academy and a 25-14 win over Horseshoe Bend.

That set up a rematch with Wetumpka, which Greenville won 23-20.

“In the last game against Charles Henderson, we were tied 16-16 at the end of 20 minutes of play, but they got two touchdowns in the ‘overtime’ and won 32-16,” Blackmon said. “We competed in every game, and that’s what we’re looking for.”

Blackmon said the Tigers got solid play from quarterback Ryan Smith, and Mikwese Claybourne was a standout at wide receiver.

“Patrick Bedgood, Brent Boutwell and Cordez Peagler also played well for us,” he said.

Even though the Tigers played well, Blackmon said a real game is more complex.

“There’s no offensive or defensive lines, and there’s where the game is won or lost,” Blackmon said. “It gives our skill guys some reps in running routes and playing against coverage, but it does take a little bit of the focus away from the running game.”

The Tigers also have a full summer ahead of them.

On July 20, there will be a football parents’ meeting in the auditorium, and Greenville will host a five-team 7-on-7 at the high school against Opelika, Beauregard, Robert E. Lee and St. Paul’s on July 22.

The scrimmage will start at 2 p.m. with the championship around 5 p.m., and concessions will be available.

The Tigers also have a passing scrimmage set against Luverne on July 23 at 6 p.m.