Confident Cadets: Connally 7-on-7 team eager to prove themselves at state tournament
By Chad Conine
When Connally quarterback Kavian Gaither starts listing the players around him on the Cadets' 7-on-7 team, a sly smile creeps across his face.
One Oklahoma State commit, Trent Pullen, snaps him the ball and another, Korie Black, is a prime target at receiver. Other faithful pass catchers include Je'Juan Forward, De'Montray Cooks and Marcus Long.
"And then, of course, I have a Washington commit by my side," Gaither said, the grin taking full effect.
The Cadets' junior QB is referring to Jay'Veon Sunday, the Connally running back who pledged to Washington in late May. Sunday was the 2018 Super Centex Offensive Player of the Year following a prolific campaign last fall when he rushed for 2,329 yards and 36 touchdowns.
But is Sunday just a role player in the pass-intensive 7-on-7 game? Connally coach Shane Anderson jokingly referred to his star running back as the 7-on-7 team's mascot. While Anderson helps organize his program's summer gridiron games, the in-game coaching duties are handled by others.
Gaither seems to know the value of the guy standing beside him in the backfield.
"I'll throw it out to (Sunday) here and there and let him do his thing," the Connally quarterback said.
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