By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.—Seventh-grader Chase Dominguez sent GymClub Coach Kyley McCrae into a frenzy on his defense Sunday afternoon.
On the field just to the north of the State Hospital on 25th and D, Dominguez rolled to his right and hit a wide-open receiver as the GymClub defense shifted to Dominguez left. McCrae sternly told his defense, consisting of High School upperclassmen, that if they see the quarterback roll out, to follow the quarterback because that’s where the ball is most likely going.
“It’s pretty fun,” said Dominguez. “It’s helping me improve, it’s a really big difference from the seventh-eighth grade and Varsity guys. It helps a lot with all the looks.”
The 12-year-old is on the Island Boy Camp, IBC, Elite squad that features seventh and eighth-graders. IBC Elite, 99 Problems (High School Freshman) and GymClub all scrimmaged against one another in a round-robin format Sunday afternoon in preparation for this upcoming weekend’s two-day 7-on-7 tournament down in Eugene.
“It’s going to help a lot,” Dominguez said of the reps. “It helps us get ready for the tournament.”
“It’s really different because you got some guys who are bigger than you and you got some guys who are smaller than you, so you just got to adjust when you play different teams,” adds McKay Freshman Kyrin Fuimaono. “I think it’s going to be a real good tournament; I think we’re going to go out there and try to win.”
For a Fuimaono, he’s been getting those Varsity reps this past Fall with the Scots as a member of the ‘Northeast Royals’ squad in the Oregon 7’s 7-on-7 league. Something that has helped the frosh adjusting into the High School scene as one of the next up-and-coming arms in the Salem-area.
“It’s crazy comparing eighth-grade to High School. The game moves faster, so I feel like this is a good test for me to see where I’m at right now,” said Fuimaono.
Pool Play is scheduled to start Saturday morning at the Hamlin Sports Complex in Springfield with bracket play to follow Sunday.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald