El Dorado traveled to Arkadelphia on Wednesday to participate in the Ouachita Baptist Football Team Camp. Coach Steven Jones said 70 Wildcats competed in the scrimmage action against Pulaski Academy, Sylvan Hills, Little Rock Central and Ashdown.
“We saw some real good competition,” said Jones. “It was good to get out and go against somebody else to see where we’re at. I feel like we’re right around where I thought we would be at this point. We’ve got a lot of things to still get installed and corrected but the effort of the kids, so far, has been great. That’s something we can build on and work with.”
The Wildcats scrimmaged their four opponents in the morning session. The scrimmages were live with the football placed at the 40-yard line for each offensive drive. The afternoon was supposed to be a 7-on-7 tournament.
“We didn’t really get anywhere with that,” Jones said of the 7-on-7. “We were starting to get some rain and weather kind of knocked that out for us.”
As for the morning scrimmages, Jones said it wasn’t about keeping score. The Wildcats were simply looking to get better.
“It was just getting reps, just working on some different things. The good thing about the camp was we filmed everything. We’ll be able to get back and take a look at that, make some corrections. We made a lot of mistakes today. But the great thing about it is, all the errors were fixable,” said the coach.
“Defensive line looked good at times. The offensive line, for the most part, gave good effort. Just had a few miscommunications early on that I thought we got better throughout the day. Overall, I was pleased with the effort on both sides of the ball.”
Jones singled out Devunte Kidd, the All-State sprinter and long jumper, for his play at receiver.
“I thought Devunte Kidd had a really good day offensively. He’s giving great effort out there,” he said. “The thing I like about Devunte, he’s giving great effort without the ball, too. He’s trying to do a good job of blocking in space and that kind of thing. He had a pretty good day today.”
The Wildcats will travel to Monticello on Friday to compete in a 7-on-7 Tournament at UA-Monticello. Again, it will be more about learning and improving for El Dorado.
“It’s really about the reps. We’ll take a good number of skill players with us, try to get as many reps as we can,” said Jones. “We’ll take two teams and split up, hopefully get a good number of opportunities for us to get better. Of course, we want to compete but at the end of the day, it’s all about repetitions right now at this point in June.”