‘Cats ready for some repsPublished 10:51am Wednesday, July 10, 2013
When the Benjamin Russell Wildcats take the field at Samford University today for summer action, they will do so with one thing in mind: competition.
BRHS head football coach Danny Horn said that statistics and win-loss results would be inconsequential so long as the team improved.
“Winning and losing is the furthest thing from my mind,” Horn said. “For the 7-on-7s, I don’t keep stats or anything like that. It might mean something to the kids, but mostly we need some reps.”
Today’s scrimmage will be the first of two such exhibitions for the Wildcats. Horn said he wants to see BRHS sharpen its play during the day.
“We want to get our timing and execution down pat,” Horn said. “We do this against each other almost every day, but we have to go out and do it against other teams.”
As of press time, it is unknown whom Benjamin Russell will scrimmage against.
“Really, I don’t care who we play,” Horn said. “Even if it’s the (Dallas) Cowboys, we need to get out there and compete.”
If the summer sessions are any indication, the Wildcats will do more than that.
Horn said the team has looked good so far in practices, and he was particularly impressed with where the passing offense was.
The team’s looking decent,” Horn said. “Bryant (Horn) is throwing the ball extremely well. We’re probably going to throw it a little more this year. I’m not the type that likes to rear back and throw it all the time, but we need to be able to throw it.”
Horn added the receivers have impressed as well.
However, Horn said the 7-on-7s would be key for building depth in the secondary.
“We’re going to have a bunch of sophomores out there,” Horn said. “And they’re going to play a good bit. What I am hoping is that I don’t have to play Bryant back there a lot, as I can’t risk him getting hurt.”
The action starts at 9 a.m. at Samford University in Birmingham.
“I think we’re going to do well,” Horn said. “I know the offense will. Bryant’s throwing the ball as well as I’ve ever seen him. We’ve got a guy who can throw it, and we’ve got some guys that can catch it. It’s about competition, and we’re going to compete. It’s one thing to do it against your teammates, but it’s a lot different to do it against another team.”
The Outlook will have more information on Benjamin Russell’s 7-on-7 performance as it is made available.