Football teams from Lebanon and Rolla gathered at Slaughter Field in Waynesville on Monday as the Tigers hosted the season's first competitive 7-on-7...
WAYNEVILLE – Football teams from Lebanon and Rolla gathered at Slaughter Field in Waynesville on Monday as the Tigers hosted the season's first competitive 7-on-7 offensive and defensive practice sessions.
The Waynesville squad was comprised of nearly 45 student-athletes divided into offensive and defensive teams.
"Everybody's got great numbers; all the schools have a lot of kids out and that's what we like," Waynesville coach Rick Vernon said during practice. "That's what you want is competition."
Though the squad's tactics are very basic at this point of the season, Vernon said his Tigers are beginning to understand the team's football concepts.
"As you know, here we play as one group," Vernon said without singling out any one player, though multiple quarterbacks took team reps throughout the evening while others shined on both sides of the ball, including incoming senior Michael Thompson, who made some eye-popping plays at wide receiver Monday.
Thompson made a catch then used his agility to escape three Rolla defenders on one play before, later in the evening, leaping between two Lebanon defenders to catch the ball at its highest point.
The team will report to weightlifting sessions through Thursday, the same day as the team's week-long football camp begins.
Waynesville will travel to Lebanon June 10 for a second 7-on-7 session with the same teams.