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Generals gelling as summer nears end

Published 10:27am Friday, July 26, 2013

While the Horseshoe Bend Generals had designs on testing their progress against competition in Sylacauga, Mother Nature had other ideas.
The Generals’ scheduled 7-on-7 outing at Sylacauga this past Tuesday was rained out, forcing the team to rely on intra-squad battles and practice to see the steps it had taken since its last scrimmage outing at Dadeville.
According to HBHS head football coach Jason Franklin, those steps have been in the right direction.
“I think they kids have improved since (the 7-on-7 at Dadeville),” Franklin said. “Us getting out and competing against each other has helped a lot.”
Franklin said the team’s younger players have made significant strides on the field, as repetition has been a huge factor in the team’s growth.
“Our younger players are starting to grasp what we’re doing out here,” Franklin said. “Especially the kids that are going from junior varsity to the varsity level.”
Franklin said the secondary, which played inconsistently during Horseshoe Bend’s first 7-on-7 tournament outing, has started to find its footing.
However, Franklin said while the team is on the upswing, there’s still more to work on.
“They’ve been able to make better reads,” he said. “As far as the whole team goes, I’m pleased with where they are now, but we’ve still got a long way to go.”
There is a slight chance that the Sylacauga 7-on-7s could be made up today.
“It’s a possibility, but it’s not likely,” Franklin said. “Either way, we’re going to continue to fine-tune what we need to work on, and continue our workouts until fall practice starts.”
The first day of fall practice for the Generals is Aug. 5.

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