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Passing leagues help area teams
No passing fancy
Richmond Hill sophomore cornerback David Katzman (26) makes a play on the ball against a Groves receiver. - photo by Photo by John Wood
Summer 7 on 7 Passing League

Every Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. (except GHSA dead week) at Devaul Henderson Park.
June 17
Bethesda RH 1 RH 2 Beach Groves Benedictine Savannah Christian Liberty Bradwell
June 24
Bethesda RH 1 RH 2 Beach Groves Benedictine Savannah Christian Pierce Co. MCA Jenkins
July 1
Effingham Co. RH 1 RH 2 Savannah Christian Bradwell Jenkins Groves
July 8
GHSA Dead week- no activities
July 15
Bethesda RH 1 RH 2 Groves Benedictine BC Savannah Christian
July 22
Pierce Co. Vidalia RH 1 RH 2 Savannah Christian BC Groves
July 29 FCA I-95 Shootout
Benedictine Richmond Hill Lake HS, Fla. Bradwell
Football teams in the 21st century are finding out that to be successful you must be balanced.
Gone are the old offenses of three yards and a cloud of dust. A successful football team must be able to put the ball in the air also.
Richmond Hill is hosting a passing league at Deval Henderson Park on Thursday nights to give area schools a chance to hone their passing game.
The concept of the passing league originated in the football rich state of Texas. It is so important they have a quasi-state championship at the end of the summer. A who’s who of college and pro quarterbacks competed in passing leagues including former Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford when he was at Highland Park.
“Passing league is a great opportunity for us to fine tune our passing game and allow our defense to work on alignment and motions and how to check into the correct coverages,” Richmond Hill head football coach Lyman Guy said.
Seven-on-seven is non-contact with players in helmets and shorts. Both sides have a skeleton group minus the lineman on both sides of the ball.
The league was created to allow teams to be able to throw the ball to get a maximum of number or repetitions against different defenses. It also allows teams that mainly rely on a ground attack to add a passing element and create better timing.
Defensive players also get a lot of work. Primarily the secondary is able to work on man and zone coverage against a variety of offensive packages. Linebackers who normally play run first in game situations get a chance to work on pass defense.
Passing league also allows teams to see who has improved in strength and speed over the past season,  according to Guy.
Teams coming to the Richmond Hill passing league get a chance to experience stellar facilities such as a pair of sprint turf fields.
“Seven on seven allows us to get a preview of next season and to see how we have progressed with our returning players and to see how first year players can fit in,” Guy said.
Richmond Hill hosts the passing league every Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. Each session begins with a devotional from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
To cap off this season, they will be hosting the First Annual FCA I-95 shootout. It will be held July 29 as an all day tournament featuring teams from this area and Florida.
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