Hardson played defense last year as a corner, but took on an offensive position as a receiver this summer and played both at the 7-on-7 scrimmage. “I absolutely feel more comfortable on defense. But offensively I’m getting better,” Hardson said. “I wanted to show my coaches that I can be a big factor on the team, so I wanted to step up as a leader. As a leader, you have to do whatever the team needs.” The fresh-faced tandem of Strickland and Gallagher combined with the experience of Hardson and Canyon’s rising senior class brings a welcomed team-first attitude to the Cowboys, who went winless in the Foothill League last year. Hardson on Strickland: “He’s young. Him at Canyon is going to help put Canyon on the map.” Gallagher on Hardson: “You tell him to run a route and he runs it and he gets open.” Hardson on Gallagher: “He dropped dimes (today). When he’s on fire, he motivates the team.” The scrimmage was the last 7-on-7 exercise of the summer for the Cowboys. Next Tuesday they’ll take on Valencia in an 11-on-11 contest.
Canyon's Gallagher to Roland Hardson. Hardson's been offense and defense today. pic.twitter.com/6qoSUhmr5b— Haley Sawyer (@haleymsawyer) July 7, 2017