The Prosper varsity football team finished their second and final week of 7-on-7 games on Tuesday, July 18.
The Eagles competed against three schools, including Lonestar, Frisco Independence and Little Elm. Earlier this summer, Prosper scrimmaged against Denton Braswell.
7-on-7 games are played without pads. Score is kept, but isn’t nearly as important as it is during the season. Prosper head coach Brandon Schmidt said 7-on-7’s are essentially “glorified practices” that give athletes an opportunity to compete.
“It’s just fun to get out there and play against kids from other schools,” Schmidt said. “It’s a unique opportunity to go somewhere else and compete against other kids.”
The games over the past two weeks have given the Eagles an opportunity to work on the basic plays incorporated in the Prosper offense and defensive schemes. It’s also a chance for kids and coaches to see what other teams have been working on.
Per UIL rules, Eagle football will not hold an official practice again until the first day of school on Monday, August 14. They’ll hold four straight days of practice before pads can be worn.
Until then, Schmidt said strength and conditioning camp is the main priority for his team and the coaching staff. Even with some of the team still out of town for the summer, Schmidt has made it essential to let his kids know the importance of staying in shape.
“That’s the most important part of our summer,” Schmidt said. “If a kid takes two months off during the summer, they’re going to lose all the work they did for five or six months during the spring. For us, the strength camp is huge for maintaining what you’ve done and working as a team.”
Prosper’s first varsity game of the season is Friday, Sept. 1 against Boerne-Champion at 7 p.m.