It was not a dominating summer for Waxahachie’s 7-on-7 football team, but a 7-5 overall record in four weeks of games is a misleading statistic.
“We got a lot of good work in and we gave experience to some of our guys that didn’t have any before,” head coach David Ream said.
Summer leagues serve several purposes, but for Ream, the main thing he wanted to see were players who played good each week.
“We know we have guys that can make great plays, but we have to make the routine plays too,” he said. “Really, we’re looking for guys that can be consistent.”
The Indians found consistency in quarterbacks Travis Smith and Ryan Wilson.
This year’s summer league gave them a chance to work on their timing with a new crop of receivers.
“They both did a great job this summer,” Ream said. “We wanted them to work on their timing and making good decisions, like finding open receivers and knowing when to throw and not to throw.”
One area where the Indians may have got the most out of the 7-on-7 league was in the secondary.
The league is set up as a passing league, giving defensive backs an opportunity to work on coverages.
“Defensive backs get a lot of work on fundamentals in this type of league and that’s important considering how many teams are running spread offenses now,” Ream said.
Outside of the offensive line, the wide receivers may have the least amount of experience heading into the fall for the Indians.
Ream was happy with what he saw and believes the new, young crop of receivers may be special.
“They don’t have the experience yet, but they definitely have the talent,” Ream said. “They showed they can step up and play against some quality opponents.
“Overall, it may be the best all-around group of receivers we’ve had in a while.”