July 15, 2006
Tifton -- The start of the high school football season is just around the corner, and Tift County high school is preparing today with its first annual seven-on-seven passing camp.
The camp brings in teams from all over South Georgia and North Florida, and they say it's a great way to get in come competition before the start of the season.
The passing camp is a round robin format with two separate brackets, and the top two teams meeting up in the championship game.
Points are awarded for touchdowns, interceptions, and defensive stops.
There is no contact in the camp.
Only skill position players are involved, the linemen have to sit this one out.
Blue Devils head coach Jay Walls says the camp helps break up the monotony of weight training.
"I think it helps tremendously," says Walls, "because you get to work through your passing game, and your pass defense. I also helps with conditioning, getting the kids used to the heat and out working."
Walls says the competition against other schools is good for his team.
"We get out and throw like everyone else, but it's good to be able to go out and compete against someone else."
The Tift County coach has high expectations for this season.
"We have eight returning starters on defense, I think that's a strong point for us, and I think we're going to be better offensively."
The start of the season has been pushed back this year, with teams not playing their first game until September, and Walls says the later date should be very beneficial.
"I think we started last year on July 18th. It seemed like early summer," Walls said with a smile. "I think that was too early, and what they've done is great."
Tift County opens its season September first at home against Brooks County.