The Dawson County High School football team continued with rigorous summer workouts and traveled last Friday to Pickens County High School for a 7-on-7 event.
Competing in the day-long tournament were area programs including Fannin County, Blessed Trinity, South Forsyth, Central Carrollton, East Hall, Pickens, Sequoyah and Dawson.
"The boys competed well," said Head Coach Sid Maxwell. "It was an opportunity for us to have fun. The team that knocked us out, Sequoyah, ended up winning the whole thing."
The Chiefs went 7-0 on the day to win the Marble City Classic.
"I don't think you get a realistic view of football with no lineman," Maxwell joked. "It's a glorified basketball tournament."
The June 9 competition worked for Maxwell's program as it fell on a Friday and he doesn't like to take away from the four days a week the team spends on training. Fridays are the day off.
"About 70 percent of it is spent on athletic development and 30 percent on football IQ," Maxwell said of his detailed schedule on the field house wall.
A color-coded chart provides scheduling down to the minute for the football programs beginning with sixth grade on up. There are blocks for lateral speed, strength, plyometrics, balance training, upper body, mobility and circuits among others.
Players rotate through stations in and out of the field house.
There is no downtime, unless it's a scheduled break.
"How many kids do you see standing around? None," he said. "That's how I train. If you are watching, you are not getting it done."
It all speaks to the Maxwell philosophy that focuses first on developing the athlete and then teaching the sport.
"I'm different than a lot of philosophies. I don't think you get better by playing the game. I think you get better by developing in high school and then take those developed kids and teach them how to play," he said. "I think learning how to play is more important.
"Make them athletic and give them self-confidence."
The Tigers will continue the rigorous summer schedule that includes scheduled breaks for snacks and a meal each day.
The players will participate in team camp July 21, as summer practices begin to wind down prior to the start of school on Aug. 4 and the regular fall schedule.