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FOOTBALL PREVIEW - Seven-on-sevens

by Chris Conley

EVERYTHING EVERGREENS (FOX SPORTS WAUSAU-WSAU) - Seven-on-seven is the football equivalent of slow-pitch softball, which is kinda like baseball but isn't quite. (Never mind whether there's a keg at third base.)

Seven-on-seven is a players game, not a coaches game. Take more of the chess pieces off the board, and athleticism becomes more important. It's possible for one or two good players to dominate a seven-on-seven.

And all during the spring and summer, the Evergreens did very well in their seven-on-seven games. And they often won against players from better teams that they'll be playing against in a few short weeks.

What does it mean?

It means that the Evergreens have a core group of athletes who are very good -- certainly good enough to compete against any team that Everest will play this season. That's encouraging. It also falls in line with my thinking about this year's team... good individual players, but perhaps not as much depth as you'd like.

The Evergreens will be tempted to use those superior athletes on both sides of the ball. That's probably the right choice. What happens late in a game when fatigue sets in? What happens if their are injuries and one or more of these elite players has to sit? Those are areas where this year's team will roll the dice. But the seven-on-seven successes indicate that the core of this year's team is made up of quality players, which is a good starting point.

Chris Conley