MURFREESBORO - The Gallatin football team has hit the competition circuit hard following the TSSAA mandated dead period.
After just two days of conditioning, the Green Wave traveled to Nashville and Rutherford County to compete in 7-on-7 tournaments to help build chemistry and their knowledge of the playbook.
“At the Titans 7-on-7 we had opportunities to win games but we just didn’t finish as well as we wanted to,” Gallatin head coach Chad Watson said. “I didn’t feel like our kids competed to our standards.”
After falling to Mt. Juliet in the first game of the tournament, Watson and his coaching staff hoped the Green Wave would respond the following day at Riverdale for the team’s second 7-on-7.
Going 4-3, Watson admitted that he liked the way the team approached the day and handled their business.
“We came back to Riverdale and competed well,” Watson added. “Mentally we were much more locked in and showed signs of major growth between the two days. It’s like I tell the guys, we should never be comfortable with losing - at anything. If we lose it should bother you. Accepting defeat will never be okay. I thought during our seven games at Riverdale we eliminated the distractions that ailed us at the Titans 7-on-7 and we matured and grew up a lot. As coaches, we are always harping on that and I thought we responded.”
As for the remaining July schedule, the Wave will be mostly on the practice fields at Gallatin High School before getting ready for their three home scrimmages that begin in August.
“So far, we have really hit the conditioning hard,” Watson said. “We saw the kids that have been running and those that hadn’t during the dead period. I thought Tuesday was better day in terms of consistency. Today [Monday] was our best practice yet. We are showing signs of a football team with kids that haven’t had a ton of playing time and it’s up to us as coaches to get them ready.”