LIVE OAK — With practice the season just around the corner, the Suwannee Bulldogs are in preparation mode.

As part of that process, the Bulldogs competed in a 7-on-7 tournament Friday at Bradford High. The nine-team tournament allowed Suwannee’s two teams a chance to get plenty of reps and a chance to compete.

“Still have a lot of things that we have to improve on, just from the standpoint of our focus, our effort,” SHS coach Kyler Hall said. “Just going out and competing. Obviously, 7-on-7 is not real football per se, but anytime you go against another team, you want to compete at the highest level. I thought we could have did that better.

“But as far from the repetitions standpoint, a lot of kids got a lot of reps.”

One Bulldog who impressed in the tournament was junior Wesley Jones.

“I thought he had a really good day. Competed, got after it,” Hall added. “We expect big things out of Wesley this year.”

Suwannee will have another chance to prepare for the upcoming season Wednesday and Thursday when it travels to a padded camp at Valdosta (Ga.) High School. The camp will feature an evening session Wednesday before concluding with a morning session Thursday.

After facing a number of different teams at the 7-on-7 camp, the Bulldogs will get the chance to face even more different systems at Valdosta.

“We’ll see different offenses, different defenses that we’re not game-planning for, so you have to adjust on the run,” Hall added. “That’ll be good for us as we approach the start of the season.

“There’s a lot of pluses to it. But you have to keep that in perspective. If you do really great, that’s good; if you don’t, you can’t put too much stock in it either way. You just have to look at it as preparation and getting some quality reps in.”

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