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Monett host seven on seven football scrimmage

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Off and running. Monett's Tyler Green returns an intercepted pass in front of his coaches during Tuesday night's seven-on-seven practice at Burl Fowler Stadium. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
Several area high schools are taking advantage of an invitation to travel to Monett for the next three Tuesday nights to participate in a seven-on-seven football scrimmage.

"Monett has hosted this event for several years," said Monett Head Coach Chad Depeť. "It's a great opportunity to get your kids together and build some team chemistry. I'm excited because it's a chance to work on some plays and formations that we want to develop and implement into our program,"

Neosho, Aurora, Marionville, Miller, Lamar, Mt. Vernon, Pierce City, East Newton, McDonald County and Monett have committed to participate in this year's event.

Trying new things. Monett football players huddle around Coach Chad Depeť as he calls the next play during Tuesday's scrimmage against East Newton. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
Traditionally, defenses are quicker to gel at the start of a football season. This camp is designed to help offenses develop rhythm and familiarity with the play book.

"Being able to compete against a different color jersey really helps with our team growth," said Depeť. "The only way for a team to have any chance to become a cohesive unit is to work together and play. This is what the camp is all about, a chance to play."

Schools are divided into two groups. Four teams play two 20-minute seven-on-seven games at Burl Fowler Stadium, while the other schools scrimmage on the practice field.

"We plan to change some things on defense this season," said Depeť. "We hope to answer a few question about our new scheme during this camp. It is also an opportunity for kids to show us what they can do and make a push for playing time in the fall."

The teams will be in action next Tuesday. Events start at 6 p.m.

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