7-on-7 notebook: Jim Bradford 6/27
By Jim Bradford PrepsKC Staff Writer
Normally, at this time of the year, things are moving along a little more gradually over at Olathe East. But thanks to a rule change in Kansas that allows coaches to work with the players during the summer months. This year, the Hawks have been busy.
They’ve completed their team camp, attended a full-contact camp, been working countless hours in the weight room and have completed the bulk of their 7-on-7 games. The result is a progression that head coach Jeff Meyers is thrilled with. When practice officially starts in mid-August, the Hawks, one of the prohibitive favorites in the Sunflower League, will be ready to hit the ground running.
Junior Williams made one of the best catches of the night during last week’s 7-on-7 action at Shawnee Mission North. The junior receiver laid out for a spectacular catch down the left sideline for a touchdown.
Williams joins a stable of talented skill position players back in the fold for East in 2010. Add Williams to the mix with running backs Brandon Willingham, Austin Fulson and Treyshawn Root and the Hawks have as talented a group as there is in the state. The key is finding the right quarterback to trigger what could be an explosive offense.
Building depth at Shawnee Mission West
Numbers were a bit low for Shawnee Mission West, but that hasn’t been the case all summer. In the meantime, head coach Tim Callaghan looks at night’s like Monday as a perfect opportunity to build some depth, especially at the quarterback position where starter Drew Humphreys is recovering from an injury.
Saints come marching back in
The St. Thomas Aquinas Saints looked sharp on Monday at 7-on-7 at SM North. The Saints rolled over Shawnee Mission West in game one, scoring four touchdowns on their first four possessions. The Saints have a lot of holes to fill in 2010 after advancing to the Kansas Class 5A semifinal game last November, but head coach Mike Thomas said most of the work that lies ahead is on the defensive side of the ball… And for those teams that looks down and sees the Saints on their schedule, here’s a bit of information that may keep them up at night — the Saints defense pitched a shutout against West.
Sabetha Blue Jays
Blue Springs Wildcats
Park Hill South Panthers
Shawnee Mission East Lancers
St. Thomas Aquinas Saints
St. Marys Trojans
Spring Hill Broncos
Grain Valley Eagles
Platte County Pirates
Crest Ridge Cougars
Van Horn Falcons