Blue Raiders pass the day away in Maryville
by SARALYN NORKUS Banner Sports Writer
Jul 14, 2014 | 699 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print

On Saturday, the Cleveland Raiders were one of 39 teams that traveled to Maryville College for their 7-on-7 Perimeter Passing Day.

“We had four games. There were two sessions, morning and afternoon, and they had four, 40 minute games. We played every hour on the hour,” Cleveland head coach Ron Crawford stated.

According to Crawford, the Maryville College 7-on-7 competition was different from local 7-on-7’s in that no score was kept.

“There was no score kept, it was just a perimeter passing day. Some of the fields were short, so you couldn’t move the ball anyway,” Crawford explained. “I like it better than regular 7-on-7 because you can get in there and coach. You aren’t looking up at the scoreboard — its just practice and I think my kids got a lot out of it.”

The Raiders’ coaching staff were able to get a look at some of the 2014 team in action, and saw some players stand out.

“Eric Goodwin is a continually consistent player, which he should be in his third year. Jay McIntire is consistent as well. Isaiah Beaty really showed up and Jake Gibson played inside receiver as long as quarterback,” Crawford commented. “We’re moving around players and figuring out who we are as a team.”

Saturday marked just the beginning of 7-on-7 competition, as Cleveland has quite a busy week ahead of them.

The Raiders travel to Boyd-Buchanan on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. 7-on-7 league, Ooltewah on Thursday, and UTC on Saturday.