The Mustangs lined it up in the no rush tournament against six out of the 12-teams represented from North Georgia and Southeast Tennessee.
“We went up against six different teams today. That gave us a lot of different offensive looks and defensive looks. It also helped our kids put together what we’ve been working on and see it in action,” said Mustangs coach Glen Ryan. “Some parts we did good and some parts we didn’t do so good. But, that’s what this is all about.”
Alternating between quarterbacks Cory Cook and Tanner Dillard, Ryan and company watched as the two Walker Valley field generals took turns about directing the pass only offense. Ryan said after the final afternoon session both QBs have improved, but both also have a long way to go. The controlled scrimmages are good way for all skill players to improve.
“It’s better to make mistakes out here and learn than to wait until the season and still be making those mistakes. That’s what 7-on-7 is all about,” said Ryan. “It helps the guys learn their routes a little bit better and it helps the quarterbacks with their reads and definitely helps secondary as far as playing coverages.”
The Mustangs showed improvement on both sides of the ball during the long day of passing and pass defending but also were exposed by occasional breakdowns on both sides of the ball. Ryan said the team has been working to close up defensive gaps as well as sharpening routes running and passing skills.
“I thought at times we broke on the ball and played good coverage. At times we had some big breakdowns. I thought at times our quarterbacks made good reads and threw the ball well. At other times the didn’t make good reads and didn’t throw the ball well. Those are two areas we are still working on,” said the coach.
“We’re still working at quarterback and we’re still working on our secondary to try and get us solidified. That is where we lost a lot of kids. That’s a big concern for us. Offensively, we are still trying to develop a quarterback that’s going to take this football team and lead it.”
The Mustangs will get into regular format scrimmages in full pads Aug. 3 with a three-way scrimmage at “The Corral” against Karns and Hixson. On Aug. 9 Walker Valley makes its final scrimmage appearance with a trip to Maryville Heritage.
“We did some good things and we did some not so good things. Now we go home and work on the things we didn’t do well on and keep improving on the things we did,” said Ryan.