FORT MILL, S.C. — For high school football teams, summer 7-on-7 tournaments can provide a good measuring stick against competition.
For teams with new coaching staffs, such as Hough High, they can mean a whole lot more.
Former Spring Valley coach Miles Aldridge inherited a Hough roster that features four Division I college football commitments when he replaced Bobby Collins, who left for a job at Lancaster (S.C.) High after leading the Huskies to a 10-2 record in 2013.
Aldridges team went 5-3-1 on Friday in the Cam Newton 7-on-7 at Nation Ford High in Fort Mill. Three weeks into full-team workouts, though, Aldridge said he isnt that concerned about wins and losses.
Im looking for execution, Aldridge said. This is not going to go on my coaching record. For me, its practice, its getting better, its learning the kids, its learning where their intensity levels are.
Players have to learn a new offense that shifts from a slow-paced, motion-heavy system to a quicker, no-huddle attack. Playing in 7-on-7 tournaments has helped the players adjust.
Hough will compete Saturday in double-elimination bracket play at Nation Ford, starting at 9:30 a.m. The championship game is around 2:30 p.m.; the event is open to the public.
Practice works and all, but after a while, you need to go up against other people and really see how you stack up against other teams, senior defensive back Corey Bell said. Hopefully well be ready by Aug. 21 (season opener).