By Mike Albanese, TSB Staff
With the conclusion of the 7-on-7 season at the end of June, football coaches are beginning to direct their attention to the grind of August camps and the start of the season.
And for McKinney Boyd head coach Don Drake, the 7-on-7 season is a great tool to keep his players involved and fine-tune their game heading towards the season opener Aug. 30.
Drake said he was “pretty pleased” with his team’s performance during the 7-on-7 season, saying his squad competed well during the summer.
While noting the 7-on-7 season is not a big focus, Drake said it plays a vital role in keeping his squad involved, competing and staying in shape during the summer months.
According to UIL rules, active coaches cannot instruct or participate in summer practice, and Drake noted it is up to the players to schedule practice times and continue what the coaches and staff started during spring practice.
Drake said spring practices is where “we find out a lot about ourselves,” and players use the summer months to join the strength and conditioning program, work on different skills, routes and prepare themselves for camps in August.
The Broncos posted a 6-5 record last season, falling to Dallas Jesuit 45-10 in the 5A Division II Bi-District round. Boyd will open camps Aug. 12.
Boyd opens the season Aug. 30 with a road game against Mesquite Horn, and its first home game is scheduled for Sept. 6 against Coppell.
Photo from 2013 7-on-7 action by TSB’s Sawyer Erickson.
Editor’s Note: Watch for upcoming football check-ins on McKinney High and McKinney North, coming soon as well.