The Valley View Eagles didn’t have the best start to their own 7-on-7 football tournament, but after Thursday, June 13, the Eagles are right back in the conversation to win it.
Valley View posted two wins in Week 4 to move to 4-4 overall, putting them in a tie for third place with Tioga behind Sacred Heart (4-3-1) and Gainesville (6-2).
Zachary Isabell and Logan Lewis battled at the quarterback spot and Valley View head coach Curtis King said the competition between the two is the main output he wants from the tournament.
“That’s all I’m looking for,” King said. “Just go compete. Let me tell you, Tioga was very athletic. I thought on defense, we played very well. We were staying with receivers and not giving them separation. Our whole team played really aggressive, which is what we’re gonna do next year. So it was good to see no big plays either.”
Valley View opened Week 4 with a 15-7 win over Ponder and then backed that up with a 23-16 win over Tioga.
King said the win over Ponder wasn’t just a confidence boost. It was bigger than that.
“It was a big one because the kids need to know they can beat them,” King said. “And they look like they thought they could do so. They weren’t tentative. They had a good attitude and they played their butts off.”
King said he noticed that confidence transferred over to the Eagles’ win over Tioga, which was 4-2 headed into Week 4, so the game had some importance in the standings.
“I told him after the game that when they walked on the field, they just looked like they knew they could be good, which is the attitude thing,” King said. “So they played a good game. The first game they got a little tired and the second game they played extremely hard. We controlled the ball. We made the first downs. We took five minutes off the clock in one drive, which is good.”
This is the first week that the Eagles earned two wins, so King said he feels the team is headed back in the right direction.
“Tonight was their best effort so far and that’s what you want to see,” King said. “It’d be easy to quit trying but they played hard.”
With one more week left in the tournament, King said there is still work left to do.
“You want to go out and win your last game,” King said. “It’s kind of important. So I think this will carry over. We’ve had a great week of weights. I can see an attitude change in the weight room this week and it carried over to tonight. After this 7-on-7, they kind of get a chance to just escape for a little bit. We’re going to tell them, ‘don’t touch a football.’”
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