The Woodville football team put in some 7-on-7 work last week.

The Panthers participated in the Sylvania 7-on-7 Invitational at Sylvania High School and went 2-3 in the event. 

The Panthers defeated Asbury and Sylvania No. 2 while falling to Sylvania No. 1 and both Plainview squads.

The Panthers were playing Collinsville when inclement weather forced the cancellation for the rest of the tournament. Woodville was also scheduled to play Westminster Christian to complete the round-robin portion of the event before the day was cut short because of the weather. 

Jay Powell, who is entering his seventh season as Woodville’s head coach, said the Panthers experienced some highs and lows during the 7-on-7 event.

“As to be expected, we did some good things (offensively and defensively) but weren’t so good (at times) either,” said Powell, who is currently the longest tenured head football coach for Jackson County teams. 

“We gave up too many big plays on defense. It gave us something to work on. Hopefully that’ll be different when we’ve got a pass rush. But we’ve still got to keep from getting burnt, got to be in the right positions based on our coverages. We’ve got to shore up our coaching and our players have to shore up where they’re supposed to be.”

Offensively, Woodville is making a switch from a spread system to a hybrid Wing-T. Powell said the Panthers ran plays from both offensive styles during the 7-on-7s, adding that quarterback Jackson Peek had a solid day. Powell was pleased with what he saw from his team running passing plays out of its new Wing-T alignments.

“We’d jump in some of tight sets. It was helpful. Guys were getting open,” Powell said. “Then we’d jump back in the spread and run some of it. Jackson ran both pretty well.”

The Sylvania Invitational was Woodville’s only scheduled 7-on-7 this summer. The Panthers will participate in some organized training activities with defending Class 2A state champion Fyffe next week.

Official preseason practice for high school football begins Aug. 5. Woodville’s season opener is Aug. 23 at Waterloo.

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