The Valley View Eagles bounced back in Week 3 of 7-on-7 summer football after they were unable to pick up a win in Week 2 with losses to Tioga and Gainesville.
So with a chip on their collective shoulders, the Eagles responded with a 17-0 shutout over Lindsay to kick off Thursday, June 6.
“We got an early interception and then it was a defensive struggle for about the next 15 minutes,” Valley View offensive coordinator Travis Marsh said. “Then our offense kind of woke up, hit some open passes and made some good plays. Luis Morales had some fantastic catches and then runs after the catches, which is unusual in 7-on-7. You typically get tagged down pretty quickly, but he kind of made some moves and made some people miss. And so it was I was really proud of the way that our kids competed.”
In their second game, Valley View struggled against Sacred Heart, falling 26-10.
“The first thing that I noticed is Sacred Heart has a couple kids that can fly,” Marsh said. “I mean, they’re fast and coach Schilling does a really good job coaching them up there. They came in and they were prepared, they did really well. They took advantage of some things that we were doing defensively and scored on some deep passes. And then offensively, we just couldn’t really get it going.”
Marsh said he could tell his team was running out of gas at the end, but that he was proud of their overall effort.
“For the most part, we competed way better this week than we did last week,” Marsh said. “We played with urgency and we played well. We fell out of love with the deep ball and we were more than happy to throw the short pass and live to play another day. Dropped passes were way reduced.”
Marsh said there is still plenty of room for improvement.
“Having a weakened opponent, we couldn’t finish the job and we couldn’t punish them,” Marsh said of the Eagles’ loss to Gainesville. “This week, we just want to keep in a rhythm and keep staying in shape. Even when we get tired, we need to dig a little bit deeper and work a little bit harder.”
One specific aspect Marsh wants to see growth in is route running.
“That’s probably the physical thing where we’re not crisp,” Marsh said. “We’re not precise and a lot of that has to do with the level of work that our kids are putting in on the agility stations and things like that. You would expect it to show out here.”
Morales was hard to miss Thursday and Marsh said several other players stepped up.
“If it was 3rd-and-5 or 3rd-and-6 and we need a conversion, Luis showed up,” Marsh said. “He has the ability to do that and he has a big-play ability to make stuff happen. Guys like Clint Epperson, he’s a playmaker. Colby Lewis is going to be a sophomore. He’s a playmaker. You can see.”
Valley View will resume play at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 13, against Tioga and 7:30 p.m. against Ponder.
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