By Curtis Carden
The biggest defensive stand was made by Mother Nature when the Unicoi County High School football team made its appearance for a third straight year at the annual 7-on-7 passing camp held at Maryville College on Saturday, July 14.
Our coaches and kids really got burnt up around the fourth hour of camp, Blue Devil head coach Jerad Huskins said.
Even with the sweltering heat, the Devils were sure to make their presence felt.
The camp went great for our guys, Huskins added. We got a lot of work done during our time there. It was the best trip in the past three years of us coming down here.
Over 30 high school football programs made the trip to participate in the camp, which lasted from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the campus in Maryville.
The Devils squared off against five schools during the camp, Claiborne County, Alcoa, Oak Ridge, Seymour and Lenoir City.
All the schools really gave us some good competition, Huskins explained. I was real impressed with the team Oak Ridge brought. They were physical and real athletic, but our guys hung around kept up with them by making plays on both sides of the ball.
A pair of Devils kept it steady on offense while bringing the hammer on defense, Huskins said.
Thomas Tipton and Keith Arrowood really caught the ball well on offense and had a lot of interceptions go their way when they played, he added.
The quarterback rotation saw three make the trip to Maryville, with Lucas Hensley handling the first string duties while Cody Rogers and freshman Hunter Hensley also saw some time behind center.
Lucas played fantastic at the quarterback spot for us, really had good control over the offense and threw the ball well, Huskins said. Cody and Hunter really came in and made some good throws and got some experience behind center thatll help us in the future.
Luke Fronckoski also made big plays for the Blue Nation offense.
Along with Tipton and Arrowood, other defensive players came through in a big way, Huskins explained.
Our linebackers, Cody Harris, Zach Beard, Phillip Franklin and Jordan Berry all had great days at the camp, he added. Being able to drop back and go into the coverage is big and they all did a great job.
Jacob Sawyer also came through by making some big strides on defense.
The Devils sent over 30 players to the camp, including several underclassmen who had a chance to participate in their first ever 7-on-7 camp.
A lot of our younger guys got a lot of snaps during the afternoon which is crucial, Huskins said.
The Blue Devils will be in action on Tuesday while traveling to Volunteer High School to participate in scrimmage at 6 p.m.
The Three Rivers Conference Jamboree has also been scheduled for August 10 at Sullivan North High School.
By Curtis Carden