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June 5, 2014

Football in June

Three Henderson County area teams playing in 7-on-7 league

CANTON — The summer portion of the football season is starting early for three Henderson County area teams as they began 7-on-7 play Tuesday night.

The Eustace Bulldogs, Brownsboro Bears and Mabank Panthers joined the Canton Eagles for a league during the month of June.

In the opening games of the league play, the Bears won both games taking down Mabank, 24-0, and Eustace, 41-0.

Brownsboro head coach Jason Hooker and Eustace head coach Heath Ragle agreed this is a learning experience for the players.

“I think every game is a chance for us to improve,” Ragle said. “We have a lot of young kids that this is the first time they have played any competitive 7-on-7 football and you need a lot of practice.”

Hooker was pleased with the shutout effort of the defense on the first day.

“They played awesome today and I am really proud of them,” Hooker said. “To be able to come out and our defense hold both teams scoreless made me really proud of their effort.”

The teams will continue the league on Tuesday nights during the month of June.

The games runs from 6-to-8 p.m. at Norris Birdwell Stadium.

In the Bears opening win, freshman quarterback Wyatt Rinehart went 14-of-23 with an interception. He threw three touchdowns.

In the first half of play, Rinehart threw an eight-yard touchdown pass to Tamrick Pace.

He followed that score with a long bomb to Pace  for the 12-0 lead.

“Wyatt is just a freshman and I thought he did a great job out here today,” Hooker said. “He got the team in the right formations and he is an athletic kid. We are going to try and bring him along and see how he does.”

In the second half, junior quarterback Will Bailey threw his first touchdown of the day on their final scoring drive.

Bailey found Pace down the right sideline on a 45-yard pitch and catch for the 24-0 lead.

Brownsboro’s defense looked sharp as Mabank junior quarterback Cody Thompson had a tough time finding receivers.

“We have worked hard in the off season in the last month working on our defense,” Hooker said. “The offense came out and both quarterbacks did well for us.”

In the second game, Ragle said the Bulldogs were having trouble in one area of the game.

“I liked the effort,” Ragle said. “We need to work on communication offensively and defensively during the final three weeks. I want to see us grow and the biggest thing is I want to see the kids get better. ”

Ragle said 7-on-7 is different from the style of offense the Bulldogs run since teams have to pass on every play.

“It is completely different,” Ragle said. “I think Brandon (Morgan) threw more in the first game than he has thrown in two years. It is good training and learning the concepts of running routes.”

The Bears had touchdown receptions from Pace, Colby Scott, Bailey and Chris Givens.

They also had two interception returns for touchdowns from Rinehart and Bailey.

“I was proud of the way that we looked physically,” Hooker said. “We had a long, good off season and we are proud to be together. I think the guys are happy just being together.”

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