During Killeen ISD’s summer 7-on-7 league, established varsity players got a chance to improve upon their game. But over the weekend, some younger Kangaroos had their shot.
A squad of mostly junior varsity and younger players led the Roos to a third-place finish at the 2014 Killeen Texas Scholarship Showdown at Leo Buckley Stadium.
“Anytime you have an opportunity to go out there and play, it’s better for the KISD,” Killeen quarterbacks coach Richard Daniels said. “We try to develop players and try to get them a chance to play more, throw, catch and defend.”
The Roos lost in Saturday’s bracket play to the Killeen All-Stars, the defending tournament champions comprised of former Killeen ISD alums, and Ellison, the eventual runner-up.
“I thought they did pretty well competing with the guys they had to compete with,” Daniels said.
The biggest highlight of the tournament came when sophomore Isaiah McFaddin finished second in the Lineman Challenge.
“That was pretty good by Isaiah to go out there and compete,” Daniels said.
“He wasn’t sure what to do, but I said go out there and compete. You never know what can happen.”
The Lineman Challenge was also a staple of league play. The linemen accumulated points based on what place they finished in the bench press, ball throw, shuttle and obstacle course events.
For Daniels, the tournament was a great way to take momentum into the summer in preparation for preseason practice.
“Now is our time to take another step forward,” Daniels said. “The 7-on-7 season is over for us and now it’s time for conditioning and start to hone our skills.”
Killeen, and all the Class 6A teams that participated in spring football practice, can begin practicing on Aug. 11 and may begin contact drills Aug. 15.
The Roos scrimmage former District 8-5A rival Temple on Aug. 22 at Buckley Stadium and open the regular season on Aug. 29 at Leander. Killeen is scheduled to play its home opener Sept. 5 against Round Rock at Hood Stadium and begins District 12-6A play on Sept. 26 at Copperas Cove.