The Tigers faced Sandy Creek, Mill Creek, North Paulding and Roswell in pool play. Then once single-elimination play began to determine a champion, Tucker fell to Mill Creek which ended its participation in the tournament.
“We’re a run-first team so it’s just about us trying to work on some parts of our game, which sometimes is difficult, but we come out and try to get better on both sides of the ball,” Tucker coach Bryan Lamar said.
Even though 7-on-7 competitions don’t prepare teams for every situation on the field, Lamar believes they can be beneficial for the linebackers and players in the secondary.
“We run mostly Wing T so we spend a lot of time in the spring going against that,” Lamar said. “So this is our opportunity to face the pro-style and spread type offense. We’re just looking for improvement on defense in terms of alignment and assignment.”
On offense, rising junior Garret Rigby and rising sophomore Daniel Chattman shared time at the quarterback position and highly touted defensive end and tight end Jonathan Ledbetter had a chance to catch some passes.
“Every day we hope Garret and Daniel just get better and learn from their mistakes,” Lamar said. “Hopefully learn from those and grow a little bit. I think both of them have lots of potential. It’s just about limiting mistakes.”
Lamar said his team will not participate in any other tournaments but will do a defensive camp and a few other low-key workouts before facing Norcross in the Corky Kell Classic on Aug. 23.
“It’s a good opportunity and also a tremendous challenge,” Lamar said. “In terms of assignment and attention to detail and stuff like that, it gives our kids something to focus on. It’s good exposure for the school and good experience for the kids to play a team like Norcross which is one of the top teams in the United States, not just Georgia.”