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Coaches have different philosophies as to what their respective teams get out of 7-on-7 passing tournaments.

Riverdale had its annual tournament last week, with 24 teams competing. The short-team goal was to compete and win, but the long-term was to get better in the passing game and in the secondary.

"I guess it depend on your approach. If you run your stuff it helps you out quite a bit," said Blackman coach David Watson. "If you run just straight 7-on-7 competition stuff, it doesn't help you that much.

"We do stuff that we won't run in the regular season. We'll seen man under and two deep and won't (in the tournament). From a competitive standpoint it's fun and gets you a lot of reps."

Watson added that on the defensive side a similar concept prevails.

"It really depends on your philosophy," he said. "We run most of the defense we'll run in the season, but we'll also run some things for 7-on-7 that we won't in the regular season because you want to have success in the tournament.

"During the season you don't see teams that can throw the ball that well when you put the pads on and go 11-on-11. We like the 7-on-7 because it's fun, but again, I'm not sure how much you really get out of it other than the competition."

Stewarts Creek coach David Martin said his defense probably benefits more than the offense in the 7-on-7 drills.

"It's difficult for us to get as much out of it because we're so much play action," he said. "What it does is let us get everything in and get people in the right spots.

"We probably get more out of it defensively than offensively. We're not a spread team or throw it that much, so it's a little challenging for us. It gives the receivers the opportunity to run the right routs and adjust to the speed of the game. It gives our (defensive backs) a chance to go against some really good receivers like we'll see during the season. You try to get your checks right and cover really good receivers."

Riverdale coach Will Kriesky said from an offensive standpoint, it allows the quarterbacks and receivers to work on their timing.

"Offensively, as long as you do what you do on Friday night it helps," he said. "We've been able to have a ball in hand in June, so you're continuing to work on timing and basic stuff with your receivers. We've had a lot of work, but it's good to face other teams, especially if you have an inexperienced group."

Krieksy said the tournament was most beneficial for his defensive backs.

"Defensively, we lost four DBs, so I was excited to see how they'd do, and it gives them time to gel in the secondary," he said. "It gives you the opportunity to get lined up and communicate, and also it's an opportunity to work on depth and see who can play and not play."

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