SYLVANIA — The Asbury football team participated in its second 7-on-7 event of the summer July 11 at Sylvania.

Sylvania, Plainview, Westminster Christian of Huntsville and Woodville were a few of the Rams’ opponents in the event.

Asbury played Appalachian in its first 7-on-7, and new head coach Chris Williams described it as a great learning experience for his squad.

“The big thing we’ve got to worry about with our young guys going into year four of a varsity program is us developing, and our young kids understanding that we’re out here to develop,” Williams said.

“The wins and losses in a 7-on-7 are not priority to me. The experience, the reps that we’re getting, learning to compete and learning to get over the hump mentally when things don’t go your way are what’s important.

“Just coming off the last game with Plainview, we had two balls that were thrown in our pocket and we juggled them and it was pick-sixes. And our body language … we can’t allow that to affect us. Just keep running good routes, keep making good throws and catch the ball when we have that opportunity.”

Williams said the Rams are learning to play some man-to-man defense in the secondary to see what they can do coverage-wise.

“What we’re doing is seeing guys learn to be physical and get after it defensively,” he said. “Right now we’re a little behind, but we’re getting better.”

Asbury will compete in the Albertville 7-on-7 on July 23.

Preseason practice starts Aug. 5. The Rams’ season opener is Aug. 23 at Brindlee Mountain. Their home opener is Aug. 30.

“I’m extremely pleased with where we’ve made it this summer,” Williams said. “We’ve had a lot of kids in the weight room. We’re just trying to get better each day and keep working.

“I think we’ve got some pretty good team chemistry going along. We’ve got a lot of kids who are dedicated this summer, and I’m looking forward to us just continuing to get better.”

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