The game of 7-on-7 football is all about timing between the quarterback and the receivers.
With no running plays during the 40-minute contest, quarterbacks can work on fundamentals since they have to throw the ball on every play.
The Eustace Bulldogs, Brownsboro Bears and Mabank Panthers returned to Canton and battled each other at Norris Birdwell Stadium in 7-on-7 action.
When the night was done, the Mabank Panthers defeated Eustace, 25-14, while the Brownsboro Bears defeated Mabank, 46-13, in the nightcap.
Mabank and Eustace will face each other in the upcoming football season on Sept. 12 at Panther Stadium.
Brownsboro lost their opener, 35-33, to Canton for a 3-1 start to league play.
The four teams play on Tuesday nights during the month of June in Canton.
With four games remaining, the main focus for Mabank’s Cody Thompson and Colt Conway is sticking to their game plan.
“We need to come together as a team,” Conway said. “Everybody needs to know their roles and we need to be smart about everything that we do.”
Thompson said, “I would say working on getting the quarterbacks and receivers to work on the routes and know what we are doing. We need to listen to the coach teaching us stuff and that is about it.”
Conway said he will try to guide the receivers to work on route running this summer.
“We have to work on our routes more and working on catching the ball more,” Conway said. “We need to work harder when we come out here to play.”
The Panthers opened up Tuesday action with a strong start as Thompson guided the Panthers to a 12-0 lead.
Thompson went 19-of-30 with one interception against Eustace.
Eustace signal caller Brandon Morgan was able to get the Bulldogs on the board with a strike to Daniel Hester for a 12-7 deficit.
MHS wrapped up the first half scoring as Thompson found Miguel Hollis for his second touchdown of the game.
Thompson said finding Hollis early helped rebuild his confidence.
“Last week, it was a deal breaker for him because we threw to him quite a bit and he dropped a couple,” Thompson said. “That brought him down with his confidence and this week we were practicing and picking him up and I think that helped us today.”
In the second half, Eustace cut into the deficit as Morgan found Hester for a 45-yard touchdown down the right sideline for the 18-14 deficit. Morgan found Keenan Hargest on the extra-point attempt.
Conway made sure the Panthers would not get any closer as he hauled in a touchdown pass from Thompson late in the game. Blaine Rowe hauled in the extra-point pass for the 25-14 finale.
Brownsboro Bear quarterbacks Wyatt Rinehart and Will Bailey went 23-for-37 during an impressive win in the nightcap.
Brownsboro opened up the scoring with an impressive drive as Rinehart found Tamrick Pace. Caleb Seale hauled in the PAT for the 7-0 lead.
Thompson was able to tie the game as he found Hollis for the touchdown. Rowe hauled in the PAT for the 7-7 score.
Conway said late in the second game, the communication broke down between his teammates while trying to get his teammates in the right spots.
“Sometimes it can be difficult and it is my fault because I am not loud enough,” Conway said. “I can become unfocused and I need to work on being louder and working on different stuff.”
Conway said with two weeks remaining, the Panthers have an area they need to work on before they break for the summer.
“We have to build each other up and as long as we are building each other up, we can not let it (the adversity) get to us,” Conway said.