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Tigers gain experience at 7-on-7 camp

Greenville Middle School posted a 2-3 record at Trinity Presbyterian School’s 7-on-7 passing camp June 17.

The Tigers opened with back-to-back losses to Prattville and Trinity’s A team before bouncing back to earn a win against Trinity’s B team.

“We jumped on Prattville early with a pick by Shawn Thompson, but couldn’t hold them off,” first-year head coach Daniel Ingram said.

The Tigers then took on Wetumpka, who they will face off with in the upcoming regular season.

Wetumpka claimed the win, which set up a rematch with the Tigers, who were able to close the camp with a win.

“We got a little revenge (in the second game),” Ingram said. “It was good to see them early since we’ll play in the regular season, but 7-on-7 isn’t like a real game. Still it gave us a chance to get familiar with their skill players and get an idea of what we’ll be going against when the season starts.”

Despite winning just two of its five games, Ingram saw plenty of positives from his team.

“We weren’t at all pleased with our record at the camp,” Ingram said. “I feel like we have the athletes to compete at a higher level than we did, but the big thing is the experience we got, and the chance to see our guys against someone else. Offensively, Jaquan Lewis had a huge day. He had a lot of catches and picked up many yards after the catch. Mack Acree had some big catches as well. Barrett Bush and Brandon Simmons both had good days and really competed for playing time at quarterback.

“Defensively, Shawn Thompson and Mark Bradley had good days.”

Ingram said the extreme heat was a factor for the Tigers.

“We have a few key players that play both ways and really get worn out in that heat,” he said. “We are currently looking for some younger guys to step up so we can get some rest for those players (that play both ways).”

The Tigers will take part in Prattville’s 7-on-7 camp July 19 before opening their season at a jamboree in Wetumpka on Aug. 20.