Local HS Football Teams Compete at Scrimmage Play 7-on-7 Tournament

By: Nate Sulham Email
By: Nate Sulham Email

With training camps getting underway in less than a week, our local schools decided to get together Thursday for some last-minute work.

Fluvanna County, Charlottesville, William Monroe and Goochland all competed at the 7-on-7 Tournament held at Fluvanna Count High School.

The coaches involved said Thursday's event was a welcomed change of pace from practice.

"Anytime you can get out here and play football against great teams; Goochland out here who was state champions, Charlottesville who's had a great couple of seasons and William Monroe who's done nothing but great things over there," Fluvanna County coach jason barnett said. "So it's a great opportunity for us to come out, play a little football."

"Yeah that's always a good thing when the kids can come out and work and pitch catch a little bit and work on those fundamentals and defensive concepts," Charlottesville coach Eric Sherr added. "Very pleased with the effort, very pleased with the attendance, very pleased with the offseason so I think we're ready to go next Thursday."

While early wet weather made play sloppy at times, the skies broke late enough to give the coaches a better view of the kind of teams they had.

Even though 7-on-7's aren't the greatest indicator of a team's caliber since lineman aren't included, those involved say Thursday was still a beneficial exercise.

"It's just a totally different game but it gives you some time to come out here and the kids get some work done," Sherry said. "So you can get something out of it as long as you don't get too stressed about it."

"And to see where we stand against other people? That's always a positive for us," Barnett added. "We always want to see exactly where we stand and where we need to make improvements."

"It was refreshing to actually hit the field and play against someone else and see what our guys can do," first-year William Monroe head coach Jon Rocha added. "They feel better about themselves and they were excited there at the end and they're excited to get this thing going."

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