Hawks welcome Evans back, turn football focus to conditioning

by | Jun 22, 2022 | Triton

Coach Ben Penny and Triton will open the 2022 season in less than two months.

Triton football coach Ben Penny continued to look at aspects of preparation for the 2022 season as the Hawks took part in a 7-on-7 passing scrimmage at Harnett Central on Wednesday morning.

One element Penny didn’t see last week in 7-on-7 sessions at N.C. State was quarterback Jalen Evans.

“It was good to have Jalen back.” Penny said. “He was at State Games last week for baseball, so he didn’t go with us to N.C. State. We’ve got to get our timing down. We want to be able to throw the ball more this year. That’s our goal.

“We’ve got some guys, James Shaw and Camauri (McDougald), guys who can really go up and get it. Having him back was huge.”

Penny also saw a need for better conditioning.

“We did well against Harnett Central the first half, but we’re just out of shape,” said the Triton coach. “We’ve done a lot of 7-on-7 stuff this summer, but between now and August 18th, it’s time to go old school and get back in shape to play football, real football.”

Penny will be more involved with the offense as Cameron Bailliez takes over the defensive coordinator duties that Penny has handled for 12 seasons.

Triton will go to a camp at Mount Olive on July 18.

The Harnett Jamboree is scheduled for August 10. The Hawks open the season at home against Jordan on August 19.

Triton was 4-6 overall and 4-3 in the All American Conference in 2021 after a slow start due to COVID issues.

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