The Pisgah football team wrapped up its summer work with what head coach Luke Pruitt called a positive finish.
The Eagles closed the summer with a 2-3 showing at the Piedmont Passing Camp.
Pisgah played in a challenging Pool D with eventual tournament champion Pell City, tournament runner-up Handley and Piedmont “B.” The Eagles fell to Pell City 14-7, Handley 18-12 while defeating Piedmont “B” 21-20. In a cross pool game, Pisgah downed Ranburne 20-13 before falling to Cleburne County 27-20 in the opening round of the 16-team tournament.
“We played pretty well. We learned from our mistakes (at Albertville), and that’s always a step in the right direction. We also had a couple of kids that didn’t play that were banged up, and we found a one or two more kids that can help us.”
Pisgah was coming off a Top-4 finish at the Albertville 7-on-7 Invitational on Tuesday. Although its record was better at Albertville, head coach Luke Pruitt thought Pisgah’s general performance was better at Piedmont.
The Eagles’ effort against Pell City support Pruitt’s belief. Pisgah lost to Pell City 41-0 in the Albertville Invitational semifinals — Pell City defeated Guntersville 29-8 to win the Albertville Invitational title — but took the Panthers to the wire at Piedmont before falling by a touchdown.
“We definitely played better against (Pell City),” Pruitt said. “That’s the thing about these (7-on-7s). Nobody in our region has athletes like Pell City or Handley. That’s the reason we like to compete in these.”
Pruitt said the 7-on-7s were good for his defense and also beneficial for his rising sophomore quarterback Parker Law’s development in the position as he prepares for his first season as a starter.
“He was on point Saturday,” said Pruitt, adding that Law was sharper with his accuracy and decision-making at the Piedmont Passing Camp than the Albertville Invitational. “If he plays like he did Saturday, he’s going to be fine.”