Tigers looking to fill holes in passing game

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By Goose Lindsay

Anyone that has ever put together a puzzle knows it can be a mess at the beginning, but can look beautiful when everything comes together.


Rockwood head coach John Webb compared his team to a puzzle Tuesday evening after a 7-on-7 passing scrimmage at Stone Memorial against the Panthers and Monterey. Tuesday’s scrimmage was the third of the past five days, as the Tigers competed at Rhea County last week and at home against Coalfield on Monday.
“We’re getting better and that’s what it’s all about,” Webb said. “We’ve got some holes to fill from last year, but we’ve got some pretty good players coming back. Right now, it’s a puzzle that we’re trying to put together.”
The biggest piece to the puzzle is at quarterback where four different players, Hunter Grant, Tristan Mayton, Jared Neerman and Will Warner, head into fall practice with an equal chance to start. Webb, however, doesn’t believe the 7-on-7 scrimmage did much to create any separation between the quartet.
“All of them showed improvement, but next week is when the competition starts,” he said. That’s when we’ll start doing what we do as a team and that’s when we’ll be looking for someone to emerge. It’s going to be a tough decision”
Quarterback isn’t the only position of need that Webb was looking at during the scrimmages. Drake Long and Tristan Ewing have been the Tigers’ top receivers in scrimmages, but both will be in the backfield this fall.
“We need to come up with a tight end and a go-receiver,” he said. “We’ll be looking at a lot of guys, but really need some players to step up.”
Defensively, the Tigers are looking to solidify their secondary.
“We played well at times, but we had too many breakdowns,” Webb said. “That’s something we’ll have to get corrected, but we have played a lot of kids in a lot of different spots to try to figure out our best group.”
The Tigers had one more 7-on-7 scrimmage at Coalfield on Thursday then it will be working by themselves until scrimmaging in full pads in August.
“We’re going to be concentrating on conditioning and how to practice for two hours,” Webb said. “We’ll be working on the little things that we do.”