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Cards making most of rule change

Evan Cleveland looks for an open receiver during seven-on-seven Monday at De Soto. Because of a KSHSAA rule change, coaches are allowed to coach their kids more during the summer.

Evan Cleveland looks for an open receiver during seven-on-seven Monday at De Soto. Because of a KSHSAA rule change, coaches are allowed to coach their kids more during the summer.

July 2, 2009

With the exception of the 93-degree heat, it sure looked like it could be football season Monday at the De Soto High School practice fields.

Intensity was high and pigskins were flying as Eudora, along with several other area schools, took to the field for its weekly seven-on-seven games.

Eudora football coach Gregg Webb said this year was slightly different than years passed after a rule change now allows coaches to see their kids every day from May 25 to July 18.

“There were a lot of coaches confused about why some sports are allowed to train their kids over the summers and others couldn’t,” Webb said. “So I think the state got tired of hearing from all of them and passed the rule.”

Webb and his assistants are taking advantage of the new setup, holding weight sessions every day and getting the boys on the practice field a few days each week.

“Since our kids come from such a small pool of athletes, I don’t demand too much of them,” he added. “So many kids play multiple sports that they’re being tugged in different directions by their different coaches. But the coaches try to work together for the most part.”

The turnout has been strong for Webb’s football program this summer, although he concedes he wants to see even more of them at summer conditioning.

“Of course I wish I could get my whole team conditioning and lifting every day,” he said. “But during the summer, that’s just hard to do. Overall I’ve been pleased with their dedication.”

From a football perspective, Webb said he’s been pleasantly surprised by a few of his athletes.

“Brian Katzfey is a guy who is just coming out for the first time,” he said. “He’s a good athlete. He’s shown us at these seven-on-sevens that he can run and catch. We’re excited to see what he can do with the pads on.”

Webb added he’s also been pleased with the play of his junior safety, Sean Moran.

“Sean understands the game and has played well this summer,” he said. “But I think all the kids are getting better.”

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