Wednesday, July 24, 2013
It’s not to be confused with real football but a 7 on 7 passing game does reveal plenty about teams. Specifically, it showcases the athletes a team will have in space.
For Stratford, it’s apparent the Knights aren’t lacking in that department for this upcoming fall.
Stratford rolled to a perfect 9-0 mark over three days last week to win a 7 on 7 tournament it has hosted annually over the last five years. The Knights hammered Hanahan 39-11 in the final.
Timberland and Berkeley played in the third-place game.
“The strength of our team will be our skill guys on offense and defense,” Knights coach Ray Stackley said. “The biggest question mark we have is on our lines. We’ve only got one back on offense and one back on defense.”
Having a Division I quarterback at the helm certainly gives Stratford a leg up in 7 on 7 passing games but they have more than Georgia commitment Jacob Park, Knights offensive coordinator Dennie McDaniel said.
“We have a good running back/receiver Jordan Johnson,” he added. “We’re looking for big things from him. We’ve got an outside receiver, Thad Thompson, that has developed tremendously. It’s his senior year and that’s the time to step it up. We feel good about some young receivers, K.J. Givens and Chris Allen.”
Goose Creek, West Ashley, Stall and Bishop England also competed in the tournament.
“The passing game is about timing and spacing,” McDaniel said. “It’s hard to simulate that when you’re out here running routes on air without defenders. Games like this help out.”
Stratford’s passing tournament was essentially the last live action for the teams that participated before real practices begin.