By Andrew Glover
MORRISON, Okla. —
The month of August means summer is coming to an end, school is about to start up and it’s time to strap on the pads and get ready for another football season. Tuesday, several area schools started practice.
“It’s always exciting when you get started practicing with them,” coach Cory Bales said. “Can’t wait for Thursday to get here and we can get the pads on. Accomplish a lot more than we can now.
The Wildcats are coming off a 9-3 campaign that ended with a 24-6 loss to top-ranked Wynnewood in the second round of the playoffs. Sophomore Jordan Quinata said he is ready to get back on the field.
“I feel pretty good about this upcoming season,” Quinata said.
The 2013 season is special for Scott Van Dorn and Justin Bearry because it will be their senior year.
“It’s pretty exciting,” Van Dorn said. “It’s always fun to start a new year.”
“We got a lot of seniors coming back,” Bearry said. “I think we will do good.”
With their first game against Pawnee less than a month away, Morrison is looking to fill holes vacated by seniors.
“Off of last year’s team we lost seven two-wayers (offensive and defensive players),” Bales said. “It will be fun to see who steps up and fills those gaps for us.”
Among those who graduated was quarterback and free-safety Kyle Collins. Quinata said he is ready to take snaps behind center and is learning how to throw.
“I feel pretty good, practice has gone pretty good,” Quinata said. “I’m confident. Getting a lot better (passing).”
The sophomore starting quarterback said the team is focused on its defense that lost linebackers John Sanders, Jared Mackey and Kyle Ross, defensive ends Ty Conkilin, Daniel Garrard and Bradley Pittman, defensive lineman Brayden Garringer
“We have to improve our defense,” Quinata said. “We are missing some people there.”
New coaches get first looks at teams
A few coaches were having their first look at their new team. Cameron Bennett is in his first season at Perry and was really pleased with how the first practice went.
“We had 45 kids out there,” Bennett said. “There was a lot of excitement. The work ethic was there. They were flying around. Practice has to be intense so we will be ready for games.”
The Maroons are looking to fill several positions left vacant after a 6-5 record and playoff berth last season.
“We got some good battles at quarterback and offensive line,” Bennett said. “We got some good wide receivers that can catch balls. We got good depth at running back. We have some good depth on defense. We are trying fill some back up spots at linebacker.”
Enoch Jackson is in his first season at Agra, taking over a team that finished 6-4 and missed the playoffs by a game.
“The team chemistry is really good,” Jackson said. “Everyone is motivating each other and have really positive attitudes.”
For Carney’s new coach David Treadwell, the first day of practice left more questions than answers including one big one — can they find enough players?
“We only had six to eight people show up,” Treadwell said.
Young Bluejackets picking the game up quickly
The Coyle Bluejackets will have a freshman offensive line this season. Most of Tuesday’s practice was spent learning the system.
“We have a big learning curve going on right now,” coach Shane Weathers said. “Our oldest lineman is a sophomore. We are going at a fast pace and wanting them to pick things up quickly. Our skill players are going really well.”