Passing camps providing strong competition for local football teams

Baldwin Head Coach Jesse Hicks watches on as his team competes in a 7 on 7 scrimmage Thursday at Jones County. /(Luke Hetrick, WGXA)

GRAY, GA -- As much as fans wish it was here, high school football season in Middle Georgia doesn't roll around for another two months.

In the meantime, local teams are doing everything they can to be in mid-season form come August. Thursday night Jones County held a 7-on-7 passing camp with Baldwin, Peach County and Central. Following a brief stint of spring scrimmages, Thursday night provided another opportunity for competition in the offseason.

"It's always good to get reps against other people to see your kids compete," said Baldwin Head Coach Jesse Hicks. "When you got good competition like this, it makes it that much better for you to go back and assess what you did and what you need to improve on."

Since the GHSA allowed for intrasquad competition in the spring and summer months, teams are better prepared for game time in the fall. Seven-on-seven scrimmages like Thursday allow coaches more time with their teams and can make them more dangerous when the season arrives.

"These teams are coached up well," said Jones County Head Coach Justin Rogers. "By the time August hits, they're well coached after two months. You got to work all so just you don't get embarrassed. That doesn't mean you can win. It just keeps the score close."

Jones County, Central, Baldwin, and Peach County are expected to compete for playoff spots this season. Jones County faces Houston County in the Corky Kell Classic Aug. 17 at Mercer's Five Star Stadium marking the return of football season.

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