Tigers football

Tahlequah junior defensive back Matt Munoz defends a pass against a Sallisaw receiver last week at the Muskogee Passing League at Indian Bowl.

Tahlequah completed its participation in summer passing leagues Thursday in Muskogee.

The Tigers, who went to Wagoner once and Muskogee twice, now get back to weight room duties throughout July and will then open fall camp on Aug. 12.

Head coach Brad Gilbert, never completely satisfied, was pleased following Thursday’s final session and of his team’s progress throughout.

“We had a good summer,” Gilbert said. “The kids went about their business the right way, came with the right frame of mind and I think we got better every time we went out. It was a productive month of June when it came to passing leagues and the team camp. I’m not satisfied, but we’re where we need to be heading into the month of July.”

The usuals — quarterback Tate Christian, running backs Dae Dae Leathers and Carson Ferguson, receivers Jaxon Jones, Kobey Baker, Simeon Armstrong, Trae Patrick and Tristan King, linebacker Dylan Parish, and defensive backs Baker, Qua’shon Leathers, Patrick and Bradley Pruitt — got valuable reps.

But what Gilbert wanted to see most was some of his younger players mixed in with the varsity to see how they would perform.

Some of the names he mentioned were sophomore running back/defensive back Malik McMurtrey, junior running back/linebacker Bowlin, junior receiver/defensive back Matt Munoz and sophomore running back/linebacker Jeric Hodge.

“One of the things we’re able to do during passing leagues is get a lot of young guys out there with varsity guys,” Gilbert said. “We need to see what they can do, and it’s a good learning opportunity for those guys. It’s a great time to coach and it’s a great time to learn. I think that was done by a lot of young guys.

“Some of the guys I’m talking about are Malik McMurtrey, who’s got an opportunity to help this year as a sophomore, Jeric Hodge, who’s another sophomore that can help us, Brett Bolin, who at linebacker got nearly every varsity rep this summer, and Matt Munoz as a defensive back.”