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CCHS hosts 7-on-7 camp

Chilton County High School hosted a 7-on-7 football camp on June 28 with Thorsby and Isabella also taking part.

The camp provided all three teams a chance for players to work on skills and allowed for further evaluation by the coaches.

“We’ve got a good group of guys, and they’ve been working their tail off this summer, but we’re still in the process of learning how to do those little things that it takes to win,” CCHS head coach Tal Morrison said.

Although skill position players are often the focal point of a 7-on-7 format, offensive linemen from each school also participated in certain drills.

The linemen worked on technique and showcased their strength by pulling tires.

Timing is crucial between a quarterback and receiver. Being on the same page can result in a touchdown, while being out of sync can result in a pick six.

“I thought for the most part we had pretty good effort,” Isabella head coach Tate Leonard said. “There was times for coachable moments, where our body language got down, and we had to pick it back up.”

Isabella continues to search for a new starting quarterback after the graduation of Jaqarise Stacy.

Jarrett Baker and Cole Atchison are battling for the spot. Both players received similar reps during the camp and moved the ball for scores at various times.

“We’ve got a bunch of new faces,” Leonard said. “Basically, anytime you can compete, that’s what I’m looking for.”

Thorsby and CCHS are confident in their primary signal caller with Christian Fortner and Shi-Keem Laister respectively.

Another positive from the camp was the practice that the secondary units received from opponents that were running different plays than what they were used to going up against in practice.

Unlike CCHS and Isabella, it was Thorsby’s first time going up against another team after holding an intersquad scrimmage as its spring game.

“It gives them a good idea of what they have to go back and work on,” Thorsby head coach Daryl Davis said.

According to Morrison, the summer is the time of year when players are on their own a lot, and it is up to each individual player to have the initiative to study the game and work on the techniques every chance they get.

“I want us to be a program and a team that does things the right way,” Morrison said.