There’s always one main reason Abbeville football coach Jamie Nickles looks forward to the team’s annual 7-on-7 camp.
“It’s just a good opportunity for us to see where we are with our passing game,” Nickles said. “We’ve worked on it. Summer’s getting shorter and shorter with school ending so late, but just (a chance) to see where we are with our passing game.”
Abbeville will welcome eight other teams to today’s event at Hite Stadium. Ninety Six, McCormick and Ware Shoals will join Abbeville as the four Lakelands teams to play. Strom Thurmond, Belton Honea-Path, Washington Wilkes, Newberry and Pendleton will also attend the scrimmage.
Defenses can’t blitz and only passing plays are called in 7-on-7 football, so Nickles wants to see more development from rising senior quarterback J.D. Moore in the passing game. Nickles said he thought Moore had a strong showing throwing the ball in the spring game earlier this year.
Moore is coming off a junior season in which he ran for a team-high 1,354 yards and 21 touchdowns. He completed just 26 of 52 passes for 609 yards and 13 touchdowns.
“He’s been through this before, but obviously he’s done more running the football,” Nickles said. “But his passing has progressed. He had a good spring throwing the ball.”
Nickles said he was hoping to also get a look at backup quarterback Thomas Beauford at the event, but he will be away at a baseball camp.
He impressed in spring practice and could also be utilized in the passing game next season.
Today’s event will begin at 9 a.m., with a pre-scrimmage devotion at Grace United Methodist Church.
The teams will then scrimmage at Hite Stadium and on the practice field at Abbeville High. Nickles said Abbeville’s secondary will also get plenty of reps during the scrimmage.
The Lakelands Fellowship of Christian Athletes is sponsoring the event, along with Grace Methodist Church, Chick-fil-A and the National Guard. Meals will also be provided by Chick-fil-A for the players, coaches and volunteers.