Archive for Thursday, June 22, 2006

Seven-on-seven workouts could prove valuable to Cardinals

June 22, 2006

Wednesday was the first official day of summer, and with it came the heat and humidity which dominate the gap between school years.

Earlier in the week, however, the Eudora Cardinals jumped ahead of the official start of fall practice with an unofficial remedy -- football.

With temperatures reaching the mid-90s Monday, members of the Eudora football team and groups from several other schools gathered for the first seven-on-seven scrimmage of the year at De Soto High School. And although the events only featured seven players on each side, Cardinal coach Gregg Webb said he knew how important the early work was for his team.

"This is invaluable," Webb said. "It's a good way to get things going, especially for our skill positions where we're so new. Just to understand the terminology and coverage is such a positive."

The group of Cardinals, who attended a full-pad football camp last week at Northwest Missouri State University, ran plays on both offense and defense against groups from Leavenworth and De Soto in an effort to get some of the new players acclimated to the program.

Eudora will go into the new season with some major holes to fill, and Monday's gathering only seemed to emphasize the transition.

"We lost some great kids to graduation," Webb said. "Virtually all our offensive skill positions are gone as well as our secondary. We're starting a lot of young kids and that's why this teaching moment is so important."

Monday's scrimmage was the first of four events scheduled for the group of schools and will hopefully serve as a step toward what will become the 2006 Cardinal lineup.

"We want them to understand," Webb said. "We want them to be able to pick up a route or coverage quickly. It's necessary to get ready because you only get three weeks till that first game when we start practice in August. This is such a head start for those teams who take advantage of it."

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