HOPE MILLS — Changes were all around for the Fairmont football team as it went into its 7-on-7 scrimmage at Gray’s Creek on Thursday afternoon.
A new coaching staff coupled with departure of several of the top performers from the past couple seasons has given the Golden Tornadoes’ offseason a new feeling. Nonetheless, the athletes that coach Kevin Inman said he was excited to coach were on full display, with some returners making moves to different positions for the fall.
“These guys have that athletic ability to do what they want to do,” Inman said. “It’s just repping it, repping it and repping it to get that muscle memory where it’s second nature. Where they can read, react and recall without skipping a beat.”
Derrick Arnette saw most of the snaps at quarterback as he will transition across the ball from the defensive backfield last year. The departure of Jarique Moore has led to Jordan Waters and Javon Morris rising up and taking the top two wide out positions, to go along with Xavier Covington and a host of tight ends that have come along this summer.
With the emergence of a new starting unit, Inman now is using the 7-on-7s as a chance to prep his second unit to being game ready on a moment’s notice.
“We talk about having having that No. 2 role is most important when you have guys going both ways. You’ve got to have guys ready to come in and play for two to three plays to get the No. 1 a break and be ready to do it again,” Inman said. “It’s just getting them in that routine.”
After already taking on the Bears in a 7-on-7 earlier this summer before the dead period last week, Inman watched how his players would handle seeing the same teams again and what kind of adjustments they could make.
“We just wanted to see how our guys handled their coverage,” Inman said. “We had already seen before and we wanted to see how they would respond after seeing somebody and had our gains this summer.
“That’s been our mentality because we are going to have to be in better shape than everyone else with our guys playing both ways.”
The Fairmont defense was able to keep Gray’s Creek out of the endzone while the vertical passing attack from Arnette to Waters and Morris fueled the offense.
“We came out more aggressive in that first series and executed well, and also our defense did well,” Inman said. “Even with our second string we gave up some yards but we kept them from scoring.”
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