Tigers set for 7-on-7 action this afternoonPublished 9:25am Thursday, June 26, 2014
With summer in full swing, the Dadeville Tigers are set to get their first taste of gridiron competition.
Five other teams descend on Tiger Stadium today for a six-squad, 7-on-7 scrimmage. Including host Dadeville, Sylacauga, B.B. Comer, Beauregard, LaFayette and Lanett will all be involved.
According to Dadeville football coach Richard White, the scrimmage will allow the Tigers a test besides themselves.
“The most important thing for us is to get out there and compete,” White said. “We’ve been practicing for two weeks, and it’ll be good for our kids to line up against someone else. We need to see how they handle certain situations, and our quarterbacks will get to throw against someone else besides their buddies.”
As for the quarterbacks, that’s one of the more pivotal storylines for the Tigers as they enter the 2014 season. With Shawn Jennings and Cal Jones each vying for the starting spot behind center, White considered the battle an advantage for the team going forward.
“We see it as a situation where we’re blessed to have two exceptional athletes that play quarterback and can play other positions,” he said. “Whichever one wins out, the other will play somewhere else and we’ll also have a viable backup at the quarterback spot. It’s a win-win for us.”
While both Jennings and Jones can expect to play in some facet for DHS, White said they both will run the gamut of the position’s requirements within the offense.
He added that the Tigers will be sure to prepare them equally as they figure out who will pull the trigger for Dadeville’s typically fast-paced offense.
“We’re going to put them through the ringer – both physically and mentally,” he said. “Both of them will get their reps and both are out there throwing. We’ll do everything to make sure we choose the guy that gives us the best option.”
The action starts at 4 p.m. today. The field will be divided in half, and two scrimmages will run concurrently.
“We’re going to find out who is going to compete for us and who’ll be able to play going forward,” White said.