CHATTANOOGA — Walker Valley coach Glen Ryan got a glimpse of his Mustangs in action Thursday evening as they participated in the 7-on-7 passing league held at Boyd-Buchanan.
A total of six schools participated in the competition, including Hixson, Grundy County, Sequatchie County, Lakeview-Ft. Oglethorpe (LFO) and host team Boyd-Buchanan.
After three hours of helmets only, two-hand touch football, Coach Ryan was far from disappointed in what he saw.
“It was a good start for us, we’ve just got to keep working and keep getting better,” Ryan commented.
The Mustangs tied with Grundy County, topped Boyd-Buchanan, Sequatchie County and LFO, with their only loss coming to Hixson.
“It wasn’t bad. We tied one, we won the rest until right there in the last one,” Ryan stated. “We played a lot of young kids in that one and had some young kid mistakes. The first one we tied because we were a little timid coming out. Overall, I’m pretty well pleased. I saw some good things and saw some things that still have to be worked on.”
The teams competed in 20-minute scrimmages and had 10 offensive plays each.
Walker Valley tested a total of four quarterbacks over the three-hour time period. Josh Jones, Colton Gibson, Hayden Spencer and Noah Davis all took their turns under center for the Mustangs.
“We had four quarterbacks out there working today. I’m going to need to see consistency — that they understand coverage and consistently make good decisions. The guy who does that will win the nod. Right now there’s a battle going on, and that’s a good thing because it does nothing but make them better. Competition makes you better,” Ryan explained.
With freshman quarterback Gibson at the helm, the Mustangs racked up five touchdowns.
Sophomore receiver Cooper Melton posted an impressive performance Thursday evening, which included a nearly 40-yard touchdown reception from Jones in the first scrimmage against Grundy County.
Other players who made their presence known offensively on the field were Avery Jones and Bryce Nunnelly.
Finishing out Thursday with a record of 3-1-1, the Mustangs will have a week of practice before their next trip to Boyd-Buchanan’s passing league.
“We come back here next Thursday with a new bunch of teams and get to see what we’ve got after a week,” Ryan said. “We will learn from this, go back and correct our mistakes, sharpen up some things, come back next week and see if we see some improvement.”