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Indians saw their first action of the summer in 7-on-7 at Woodburn High School

PMG PHOTO: DEREK WILEY - Molalla's Brad Pettit lines up at defensive back during 7-on-7 competition at Woodburn High School on Tuesday, July 16.

WOODBURN – Molalla football saw its first action of the summer.

"It's nice to see that the (3-5) defense that we've been running the past few years hasn't been forgotten," Molalla coach Sean McElhaney said on Tuesday, July 16 after the Indians competed in Woodburn High School's 7-on-7 passing league. "That's always nice. We need to work on moving our feet a little more, but that's a normal thing this time of year."

Molalla was running a completely different offense than past seasons.

"It's all new," McElhaney said. "What we're running offensively is not anything we've run the last two years. It's completely different than anything they've ever ran."

But picking up the offense should come easy.

"It's a basic offense so they're probably going to recognize some of the calls I make from what they've probably done in middle school," McElhaney said. "I want to keep it simple and I have a philosophy where we're headed the next couple of years. This year keep it simple and know what we're doing."

Competing against Woodburn, McKay and South Salem, McElhaney said Molalla ran 60 plays out of 10 different formations. On defense, the Indians worked on cover 2 and cover 3 out of its base 3-5 alignment.

Molalla was back in Woodburn on Tuesday, July 23 to participate in the passing league.

The Indians officially start practice on Aug. 19 and open the regular season Aug. 30 at Gladstone.


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