HBHS 7-on-7 todayPublished 9:07am Thursday, July 26, 2012
Horseshoe Bend High School will host the final local area 7-on-7 tournament today in New Site.
The Generals will host county rival Dadeville High School, as well as Central High School of Clay County beginning at 5 p.m. on the Horseshoe Bend football field.
“We’re excited for the opportunity to host another passing camp and continue to get better as a team,” said HBHS head football coach Jason Franklin, who is looking to help lead HBHS back into the Class 2A state playoffs for the first time since 2010.
The camp will be the third passing camp for the Generals, who competed in a 7-on-7 tournament at Dadeville High School in June, and went to Samford University for a passing camp earlier this month.
The Generals are looking to a plethora of athletic players to make plays on the offensive and defensive side of the ball in 2012.
Led by quarterback Chase Cheaney, a three year starter, and wide receivers Corey Battle and Jay Glenn, Horseshoe Bend has experience that continues to mold in 2012.
“We just want to keep progressing on both sides of the ball and using these summer months to build up some momentum,” Franklin said.
“These passing camps are a good way to get an offensive rhythm and fine tune things heading into the season.”
Joining the Generals will be Dadeville High School, who has seen their fare share of 7-on-7 passing camps over the course of the summer, including being the host of one in July.
Dadeville is returning nearly all of their offensive fire power in 2012, including quarterback Kaleb Beck, wide receiver Terry Toler and their top two running backs in Jamal Crayton and C.J. Tolbert.
The Tigers looked sharp in their host tournament, competing against Benjamin Russell, Tallassee, Sylacauga, Opelika and HBHS and return in 2012 with high offensive expectations.
Defensively, the Tigers hope to get good reps from both Toler and Jessie Foster Jr. at safety in the defensive secondary, while Tamarcus Russell will be leading the linebacking corps in the passing camp.
The final team is one that is still searching for an identity, as Central High School of Clay County is heading into its first season after years of being separated as Lineville and Clay County High Schools.
“I’m not too sure what to expect from Central-Clay,” Franklin said.
“Lineville switched to the spread offense a few years ago, but Clay Co. was known more as a running team, so it will be interesting to see what they look like being merged together.”
The 7-on-7 camp begins today at 5 p.m. in New Site and is expected to last until 6:30 p.m.Owen