The Daleville Warhawks football team traveled to Zion Chapel on July 8 to compete with the Rebels during organized team activities (OTAs) as a part of summer workouts.
As opposed to 7-on-7 competition – where only skill players get a chance to compete – the entire team comes together to compete in one-on-one drills, team drills, 7-on-7 competition and even running drills. Zion Chapel will return the favor this Thursday, July 15, for another set of OTAs in Daleville.
“We have a lot of improvement (to make), we have a lot of things to work on and a lot of things to fix,” Daleville coach Will Garner said. “With the 7-on-7s and OTAs we can’t recreate those live reps in practice and we need as much of that as we can get with this young football team we have.
“We have a lot of things to work on but we also did a lot of good stuff to build on going into this Thursday. The good thing is having the same team coming in you can really see if you are making the improvements week-to-week.”
Garner said it was big for the offensive and defensive linemen to get a chance to get the same reps that the skill players got in 7-on-7 competition earlier in the summer.
“Like I said, you can’t recreate those good-on-good reps in practices as much as you can in OTAs,” Garner said. “We got to see their (starters) and they were some really good football players over there. They gave us fits up front sometimes but we did some good stuff and were able to get better.
“For as young as we are, those live reps is what we need and it is how we can continue to grow this program and get us ready for Friday nights in the fall.”
Eighth grader Reuben Garcia also got a chance to get some reps at quarterback behind starter Omarion Pinckney, as well.
“He’s coming along and will be a phenomenal athlete for us one day,” Garner said of Garcia. “He was the starting shortstop on the baseball team as a seventh grader and he’s getting bigger and stronger and is catching up to the speed of the game a little bit.
“He is going to be a good football player, so those live reps for him in an OTA setting was huge just like it was for everyone else.”
Senior Jeremiah Moore has been using spring and summer practices to transition to new spots on the field as the lineman is moving into a role as a fullback and linebacker.
“That transition is going good,” Garner said. “Things are new to him – he’s always been a ‘hand in the dirt’ kind of guy – and we’re playing him at fullback and linebacker now.
“I think the pieces are coming together for him. It won’t be long before it really starts clicking for him and when it does he will be an absolute load for people to handle.”
Daleville will host Zion Chapel for more OTAs this Thursday at 8 a.m.