7-on-7 football is a bit different, but according to Vance Venom coaches Theo Perry and Trenton Ware it’s still football. “It’s the same strategy. We look to take advantage of the other team’s weakness,” according to Ware. On Sunday, May 21st, the Vance Venom hosted the First Annual Carolina Cup with teams from Warrenton, Knightdale and Goldsboro participating. The Venom were victorious in what Perry and Ware hope will be a yearly event with more teams.
Perry and Ware, who both appeared on WIZS TownTalk, say that one of the goals is to help develop players age 7 to 18 in the Vance, Granville and Warren County areas. “We want to give the kids something to do. Keep them off the streets and the right path, doing something positive,” Perry said.
This season focuses on high school kids, but Perry and Ware hope to expand next year and have more players who are younger so the Venom will be able to field more teams organized by age group. Ware said many of the younger players this year look up to the older kids who play for the Vance County High School Viper team. “Those kids are well coached and want to learn,” Ware said of the Viper players who play with the Venom.