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HS Football: Teams preparing for season with 7-on-7 challenge

STEVENS POINT (WAOW) - High school football practices don't get started for another few weeks but on Saturday in Stevens Point, some teams were already competing for a victory. UW-Stevens Point hosted it's 2nd annual 7-on-7 passing challenge for prep teams to get ready for the season. Sixteen teams from across the state competed in the tournament, including a couple state champion squads from last season..

Teams competed in  30 minute "one hand touch" games, in which the offense was awarded points for scoring touchdowns while the defense could earn points for defensive stops and interceptions.

Each team was guaranteed five games, which provided a great opportunity for players to tune up their skills for the fall..

Coaches like the tournament because of the chance to compete against other teams before the season starts, as well as using the day to teach their players in a game-like setting.

"We really benefit from something like this where we can just work on timing our routes, sharpness, what our quarterback is looking for in reading defenses," said Marathon head coach Todd Stoffel. "Then on defense, it gives our d-backs a chance to get thrown into the fire. Instead of Friday night being the first time they've had someone burn them deep, you tell them, 'let it happen here and don't let it happen on Friday nights."

The players think it gives them a better idea of their teammates abilities because having only seven players on the field at a time forces position versatility.

"It really show us what different positions kids can play, said SPASH senior linebacker Noel Winch. "And for our quarterback, it's really big for him to get the passes down and reading them."

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