Footballs are flying everywhere… Local schools participating in 7-on-7 leading up to summer practice

Published 6:00 am Monday, July 15, 2019



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After winter and early spring conditioning and weight lifting, local high school football teams are beginning to sense a new season is right around the corner as many are taking advantage of 7-on-7 passing leagues.

The leagues only engage the receiving corp and quarterback on offense and defensive backs on defense but provide invaluable opportunities to see how players respond against someone else in a different colored uniform.

Thursday night at Citizens Bank Stadium, five teams came together taking about eight to nine plays each on offense and defense over roughly a 20-minute time span.

Those teams included host Elizabethton, Happy Valley, Dobyns-Bennett, David Crockett, and Unicoi County.

Even though there weren’t any pads popping, that didn’t stop the athletes from going all out in attempts to pull in tough passes and make defensive stops.

Not only were the players and coaches excited to be on the field, but evidenced by the turnout, fans are ready for the season to be underway as well.

Elizabethton was back at it on Friday morning early as the Cyclones welcomed Trinity and Morristown to Citizens Bank Stadium for another round of 7-on-7.

If fans didn’t make it out for these two opportunities, there is more 7-on-7 on tap today (Saturday) at Hampton High School as the Bulldogs will host their annual passing league.

The action began on Friday and will pick back up today at 10 am as Happy Valley, Unaka, North Greene, the Silverbacks, Johnson County, and Hampton will compete in five sessions before the tournament starts at 1 pm.

In the early morning sessions, Hampton will take on the Silverbacks while Happy Valley and Unaka square off as well at 10 am.

At 10:30, the North Greene Huskies will match up with the Longhorns of Johnson County while the Silverbacks II will tangle with Hampton II.

Hampton and Happy Valley go head-to-head at 11 am as will the Rangers of Unaka and the Silverbacks.

Unaka and Johnson County meet at 11:30 am with Hampton and North Greene taking the other end of the field.

The last session at noon will feature Happy Valley and Johnson County on one end of the field and the Silverbacks and North Greene at the other.

The tournament will take place once again at 1 pm.

Fans will be able to purchase concessions as the event serves to help raise funds for the Hampton program.

There will be more 7-on-7 opportunities in the next couple of weeks leading up to when teams put on full gear for practice preparing for the first official kickoff of 2019.