Wilsonville will host Southridge, Grant and Glencoe Thursday in more 7-on-7 action

PMG PHOTO: DEREK WILEY - Wilsonville's Austin Rust attempts to break up a pass from a Southridge receiver Saturday at Tigard High School.

TIGARD – Progress.

That is what Wilsonville coach Adam Guenther wants to see in the summer and he saw plenty of it Saturday morning during 7-on-7 work at Tigard High School.

"The growth in a week and half was amazing," said Guenther, comparing the Wildcats performance to their previous passing day on July 11 at Southridge. "It really was. We simplified it (the offense). We were trying to do too much too quick. We got better at two formations and we'll hopefully add something this week and add a little something every week from there."

PMG PHOTO: DEREK WILEY - Wilsonville's Ethan Campbell runs with the ball Saturday at Tigard High School.

Wilsonville, which battled Class 6A schools Tigard, Southridge, Sunset and McMinnville Saturday, graduated 35 seniors off of last year's Class 5A state runner-up team.

"We are young," Guenther said. "The (14) seniors that we have are really high quality good kids but there's just not a lot of them. But our junior class is good with numbers and across the board. They've got a lot of talent."

PMG PHOTO: DEREK WILEY - Wilsonville quarterback Jayce Knapp throws a pass Saturday in 7-on-7 work at Tigard High School.

Junior Jayce Knapp and sophomore Chase Hix split snaps at quarterback and Guenther expects the two to continue to compete for the starting spot into the season.

"They both bring a lot to the table and they're going to battle with it all the way through," Guenther said. "Probably the first two games, they'll both get their reps and then we'll make a decision going into league probably, who's going to be the guy going forward."

PMG PHOTO: DEREK WILEY - Jack Kimball brings down a Southridge ball carrier Saturday at Tigard High School.

The passing day at Tigard came after the Wildcats spent the beginning of the week at Newport on a team retreat.

"Summer is about building the team morale and you see teams with chemistry beat teams with talent a lot," Guenther said. "So summer is about coming together and working together and getting to know each other and the more you work together the better it's going to be."

Wilsonville will host Southridge, Grant and Glencoe Thursday in more 7-on-7 action.

"I just want the kids to take advantage of the opportunities that they get," Guenther said. "We've got kids buying into what we're doing and if they buy into what we're preaching and what we're doing, good things will happen."

Derek Wiley
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