Panthers benefit from 7-on-7 passing camps

Perry Head Coach Kevin Smith talks about his team's performance at Thursday's 7-on-7 camp at Northside High School. /(Luke Hetrick, WGXA)

WARNER ROBINS, GA -- First-year Perry Head Coach Kevin Smith knows how critical summer months are for his football program.

Getting better each day is the message for the Panthers who are coming off a 3-7 season. Perry had another opportunity to do just that Thursday afternoon as more than 10 high school football teams met at Northside High School for a 7-on-7 passing camp. Smith knows repetition against competition will come in handy specifically for one position group.

"I think it helps in a big-time way especially at the quarterback position," Smith said. "We're not making quick decision and the only way you get better at that is to come out here and keep having to make decisions, to get better at making decisions."

The former Houston County assistant is all-in on competition during the offseason. Within the past few years, the GHSA approved joint-team workouts during the offseason. A day like Thursday allows Perry to take another step forward.

"I thank GHSA for allowing us to do this," Smith said. "It allows you to make personnel decisions that you might not make until about half way through the season because you didn't get these kind of reps in the old days."

The Panthers open the season August 25 at Ed DeFore Stadium against Rutland.

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