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June 19, 2014

7-on-7 FOOTBALL: Learning curve

Eustace looking to improve in 7-on-7

CANTON — In a league where passing the ball is the main focal point, the Eustace Bulldogs are learning how to adjust to those situations.

In the first three weeks of the Canton 7-on-7 football league, the Bulldogs have dealt with pressure situations throughout the month of June.

The league consists of the Mabank Panthers, Brownsboro Bears and Canton Eagles.

The teams have spent each Tuesday working on improving certain areas of their game before taking a month off to get ready for two-a-day workouts in August.

“It is a lot different,” Eustace Bulldog quarterback Brandon Morgan said. “We see other teams playing spread and we are in Wing T and it is a lot different for us. We are getting better learning all of that and it will help us out.”

Morgan and Daniel Hester said they know what they need to work on next week.

“My goal is to see us not argue and to work as a team,” Morgan said. “That is the main thing that we need to do in the final week.”

Hester said, “We need to fix mistakes and not continue to make them next week.”

The Bulldogs dropped both of their games with a 46-13 loss to Brownsboro and a 39-0 loss to Mabank.

“We have a lot of under classman and our team does not have a lot of experience,” Hester said. “This is a good opportunity for us to get some experience going into next season.”

With Morgan taking over the quarterback duties this season, he said he learned some things from last years quarterback Ryan Brown.

“He taught me a little bit,” Morgan said. “We are learning some new stuff because we will pass a lot this year. I am working on that area more.”

In the opening game, the Bears jumped out to a 40-0 lead at the half.

With quarterbacks Will Bailey and Wyatt Rinehart gone to a camp, quarterback Cody Renfro stepped in and went 18-of-31 with two interceptions.

The Bears capped off their opening touchdown as Chris Givens caught a touchdown pass from Renfro. They converted the two-point attempt as Damian Thompson caught the pass from Renfro for the 7-0 lead.

Brownsboro defenders were able to pick off Morgan on two attempts for touchdowns in the first half.

Givens then scored two more touchdowns on consecutive drives for a 27-0 lead midway through the first half.

In the second half of play, the Bulldogs scored on a long touchdown from Morgan to Hester.

Keenan Hargest then caught the conversion attempt from Morgan for the 40-7 deficit.

Givens then wrapped up the scoring for Brownsboro with a catch from Renfro.

EHS had the final score as Morgan found Hester for the 46-13 finale.

Morgan finished the game 22-of-47 with three interceptions.

In their final game of the day, the Panthers put together a strong defensive effort as Eustace was unable to score.

The big story line of the game was the quarterback play as there was a combined eight interceptions thrown.

Hester said even with the results on Tuesday, he is trying to take on a leadership role for the team this upcoming season

“We need more leaders and we are trying to get the young guys on board and play like a team,” Hester said. “It is very annoying to hear them talk and we just have to swallow our pride and go to the next play.”

In the first half of play, the Panthers had two touchdowns from Colt Conway and strong play from Blaine Rowe and Ty Winkelvoss.

In the second half, the Panthers had two receiving touchdowns as Rowe caught passes from quarterback Darrian Hamilton for the win.

Morgan ended the night 17-of-35 with four interceptions against the Panthers.

The 7-on-7 league wraps up Tuesday night with games at 6 and 7 p.m. at Norris Birdwell Stadium in Canton.

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