Football

7-on-7s helpful, but don't highlight Eagles' strength

Posted July 13, 2014

After an 11-3 season and an undefeated record in the Cape Fear Valley conference, Douglas Byrd was hit with end of year turnover.

“Graduation hit real hard,” said head coach Scott Barbour. “I think we lost eight or nine starters on defense and most the skill on offense.”

And when Douglas Byrd and former head coach Russell Stone parted ways, the school called on one of its own to the lead the squad.

“I’m back at Byrd where I started. Byrd graduate – so it’s good to be back home,” said Barbour.

With the turnover the team has a lot of catching up to do. But according to coach that won’t be a problem.

“We got guys that are hungry,” said Barbour. “They’ve been around the school. They’re anxious to get their turn.”

And so they’ve taken to seven-on-sevens.

“We come up here today, we’ve seen a lot of reps and we get a little better as the day goes on,” said Barbour.

Douglas Byrd Summers: Douglas Byrd taking passing reps at 7-on-7s

But without any blocking allowed, the focus is on the pass game – an area Byrd doesn’t venture into often.

“We’re a running team,” said Barbour. “But a lot of our passes are play action set up by our run game.”

Passing or not, Byrd still needs to replace quarterback Elijah Bulger - shoes Cormega Copening looks to fill.

“Cormega’s done a good job and he’s been here every day and he’s worked. That’s why he’s at where he’s at right now,” said Barbour.

But, there’s still one major piece missing.

“Our strength isn’t here today,” said Barbour. “Our strength is up front. We got a bunch of big ugly guys that can play, on both sides of the ball. So we’re trying to slow the game down, three yards and a cloud of dust if we got to.”

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