WINNSBORO — The off season is anything but “off” for the Fairfield Central Griffins football team. On June 19 at 5 p.m., the Griffins will begin their seven-on-seven drills in Chester County against Lewisville and South Pointe.
With no offensive or defensive lines, the drill are used to work out skill players. There is no pass rush, no physical contact and a standing five-count for the quarterback to throw the football. Seven-on-seven drills stress a team’s passing game and allow defenses to get reps in coverage.
One focal point for Fairfield Central head coach Demetrius Davis is to develop a solid group of wide receivers.
“This time of year you’re really just working on the passing game,” Davis noted. “It’s an opportunity to line up and run routs to test different defensive coverages and see where you are.”
No tackling is allowed, so defenders will abide by the touch-rule to bring a ball carrier down. With no physical contact or pass rush, the seven-on-sevens are widely considered an offensive drill.
Davis is well aware of the offensive advantages, but believes there is some benefit to the defense.
“It gives us a good chance to set up coverages against other players and teams to make sure our defenders are lined up correctly,” Davis said.
Quarterback DeAndre Belton (senior) will participate in the first string of reps along with senior Tyren White, junior Kidron Deal, senior Kewan Squirewell, senior Shadarius Hopkins and junior Joseph Young.
The drills will give Belton an opportunity to go through his progressions and read opposing defenses. Although it is early in the process and the regular season is still 10 weeks away Davis excited to begin the evaluation process.
“Right now we just want our kids to out compete and work hard at their craft,” Davis stated.
The Griffins are injury free and will continue their not so “off” off-season workouts by participating in a much bigger seven-on-seven tournament on June 22 at Sumter.