Bears sharpen up in 4-way 7 on 7 scrimmage

By RICHARD ROBERTS
Posted 7/10/19

For the second time this summer the Bradley Central Bears lined up against opposing defenses on the gridiron in 7 on 7 passing competition.Teams from Heritage High School in Ringgold, Ga., Baylor and …

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Bears sharpen up in 4-way 7 on 7 scrimmage

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For the second time this summer the Bradley Central Bears lined up against opposing defenses on the gridiron in 7 on 7 passing competition.


Teams from Heritage High School in Ringgold, Ga., Baylor and Brainerd rotated in 20 minute sessions for more than an hour in the blistering heat and humidity inside Bear Stadium Tuesday.


The Bears participated in their first 7 on 7 in June at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.


Bears coach Damon Floyd said the scrimmages are a good way for receivers and quarterbacks to work on routes, plays and timing without the pressure of avoiding rushing defensive linemen. Defensively, the secondary has the chance to learn coverages and read offensive sets.


"Obviously, you get to work you passing game and defensively you are working your coverages," said Floyd. "With our offense it helps us a lot because we get to see so many different coverages, run our routes and work on the throwing game."


The head Bear also said with temperatures hovering in the high 90s it is a chance to get in some solid conditioning. 


"In 7 on 7 you are running a lot. The conditioning is another big factor for getting in shape. Obviously, they are running a lot," he said.


The Bears opened the evening against the Generals of Heritage, coached by for mer Cleveland head coach E.K. Slaughter. Using a 40-yard field with a 20-minute running clock, Bradley quarterback Javin Burke guided the Bears to their first score of the day.


The Bears repeated the process again with 20 minute sessions against Brainerd and Baylor.


"As a coach you are never really happy, you are always looking at the negative and not the positive," Floyd said. "We're doing some good things, but it's early so there are a whole lot o things we need to correct."


The Bears have two more 7 on 7 appearances this week, both out of town. They will participate in six more before hosting a five-way scrimmage the first week of August. Floyd stated the scrimmages are a good way to set the offenses and defenses up with quality competition before practice begins for the 2019 season.


"Practice gets long. You start early in June and it's a long season. These guys get a chance go go against other people and get a chance to compete and see who shows up when the lights come on," he said. "They are quality programs and are well coached. We know we are going to get good work when we see them.


"We get at it for real August third.

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