It was the appetizer before dinner Monday at Welcome Stadium. Two weeks before two-a-day practices start for area high school football teams, the Dayton Flyers hosted some of the top local squads in a 7-on-7 competition.
The morning session featured Wayne, Miamisburg, Coldwater, Dunbar, Greenville and Indian Lake.
For run-oriented teams like Miamisburg, these predominantly passing competitions offer a unique learning experience.
“We come primarily for the defensive part of it,” Miamisburg coach Steve Channell said. “We want to find out who can play on the back end in the secondary so that’s really our focus when we come to these.”
The marquee matchup in the morning was a final-game showdown between Dunbar and Wayne. The Wolverines and Warriors showcase arguably the top two receivers in the state and Wayne’s L’Christian Smith and Dunbar’s Joseph Scates didn’t disappoint. Smith ranks fourth in the state and Scates sixth in the Class of 2018, according to 247sports.com.
Smith, who could be leaning toward Ohio State, made several nice catches while Scates, who was sporting an Alabama T-shirt, led the Wolverines to the win.
Dunbar coach Darren Powell admitted it was nice to get back on the field after months of off-field issues, including Dayton Public Schools being put on three-year probation by the Ohio High School Athletic Association.
“I’m very happy to be back working for the season,” Powell said. “We need to get ready for week one.”
Coaches are allowed 10 days of non-padded instruction during the summer months.
Two-a-day workouts are set to begin on Monday, July 31. The regular season begins the week of Aug. 22.