2015-06-12 / Sports

Football is back - passing league style

By LARRY HILLIARD
Ledger Sports Editor


Bryson Ward and his Gaffney High teammates begin passing league play on June 25 at Crest. Bryson Ward and his Gaffney High teammates begin passing league play on June 25 at Crest. From the friendly chatter between players to the maybe not so friendly chatter between coaches, one thing will be obvious soon — football is back.

Granted, the first games are not until August, and official practice is more than a month away, but just putting the helmets on and throwing some passes around will be a step towards that first game.

Gaffney offensive coordinator Donnie Littlejohn has announced the team’s 7-on-7 passing league schedule, and it includes a couple of stops to Crest and Chapman.

Littlejohn said he is more concerned about developing players than winning during the summer league games.

The passing leagues give coaches a chance to evaluate players before the upcoming season.

The passing league highlight will be the Panther Invitational at Chapman High on July 9. In the morning’s pool play, the Indians will be matched against defending state champion Spartanburg, Boiling Springs, York, Chesnee and Shelby.

The double-elimination tournament will feature a 20-minute running clock. Tournament play will begin at 2 p.m., culminating with crowning a champion later in the day.

Passing leagues have long been the domain of quarterbacks, wideouts and defensive backs. But linemen will have the chance to showcase their skills and strength in a series of competitions.

The Indians open passing league play on June 25 at Crest. They will make a return trip to the school on July 7, before participating in the Panther Invitational.

The Indians will return to Crest for another passing league on July 14 and play at Chapman on July 16.

Gaffney will host its only passing league on July 23 against Chapman and Greer. The Indians’ younger players on the jayvee and ninth-grade teams will participate as well.

The passing leagues will be especially helpful for the development of an Indian offense that should be more explosive this year with the return of quarterback Bryson Ward and a host of wideouts.

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