Summer is baseball season but high school football teams take part in events to prepare for the fall as Mountain Range did when the Mustangs joined about 100 teams at the Broncos 7 on 7 tournaments …
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Summer is baseball season but high school football teams take part in events to prepare for the fall as Mountain Range did when the Mustangs joined about 100 teams at the Broncos 7 on 7 tournaments June 12-14 at Denver’s All-City Stadium.
“We have some kids coming back but we are going to be very young at key spots,” Mountain Range Coach Todd Riccio said. “For example, one of two kids will probably be our quarterback in the fall, Koby Hudson, a junior who hasn’t played a lot of football and Clayton Do, a sophomore.”
Riccio was the Mustangs offensive coordinator last year and this is his first season as head coach. He said neither of the quarterbacks have taken a lot of snaps.
“We are playing 7-on-7 this summer so the two quarterbacks can get experience against another team’s defense,” Riccio said. “We have talented receivers so we are playing 7-on-7 this summer so the quarterbacks can establish chemistry those guys.”
He said the Mustangs are in a new league this year and, although they are a young team they should be able to be competitive.
High school football teams take part in 7-on-7 to sharpen their player’s aerial offensive and defensive skills in the all-passing competition. However, the receiver can gain additional yardage running the ball after catching a pass until he is touched by a defender. It is supposed to be non-contact but there are heavy collisions when the defender and receiver both go for the ball.
The game is played on a 50-yard field and a team has to gain 20 yards for a first down. Teams earn seven points for a touchdown and three points for an interception.
The teams play two 10-minute halves. The first half is a running clock and the clock stops in the final two minutes of the second half for first downs or when a ball carrier goes out of bounds.
Teams at the Bronco tournament were divided into four-team pools with the pool winner advancing to the playoffs June 17 at the Dove Valley complex. Mountain Range played hard, scored some touchdowns but went 1-2 in pool play and did not qualify for Saturday’s playoffs.
“Our defensive backfield is pretty good but we are young at some key spots,” the coach said.
“When the season rolls around we will have pretty good offensive and defensive lines but we don’t have a lot of depth so we will be fine as long as we don’t have a lot of starters injured.”
Junior Koby Hudson took last year off from football so this is like a new start for him.
“I have played quarterback on almost every team I have played for so it isn’t something new for me,” he said. “I feel I have great chemistry with my receivers since we have played together since we were in middle school.”
Hudson also plays basketball so that helps him maintain good physical condition.
“Although I took last year off I think I will be ready to go when we start the season,” he said. “I don’t plan to go into the season with any personal goals like the number of passes I complete. I just want to do everything I can to help my team win football games.”
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