W’view spring testing not over
Posted: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 12:02 am
By: Mike Hutchens, Press Sports
Liberty provided Westview with a good test to conclude the Chargers’ first week of spring football
However, Don Coady said his team’s final grade won’t come until after a second scrimmage against Dyer County this Saturday.
The Class 4A Crusaders — winners of 21 games over the last two seasons and athletic at every position — outscored Westview four-touchdowns-to-one Saturday at UT Martin’s Skyhawk Stadium in the first of the Chargers’ two scrimmages this spring.
And while Coady mentioned several positives and areas of concern to come from the two-hour session played in a steady rain, he told his troops their progress and standing wouldn’t truly be known until after the work vs. Dyer County next Saturday.
“We did some good things, and there were obviously some things we need to do better,” the veteran Westview skipper said after his team had matched up with Liberty. “We played hard for the most part and were physical
— though we could always be better in that area. We ran the ball well and moved it well between the 20s. We didn’t finish a couple of drives, though, and we didn’t tackle very well in the open field.
“We were about where I thought we were after the first week. Now we’ll put in a little more of our offense, work on getting better and correcting some things, and if we’re better after next Saturday when we work with Dyer County, I’ll say I’m pleased. If not, we’ve not gotten what we needed to get done this spring.”
The Chargers were without a handful of expected starters due to their involvement with the school’s soccer team, other commitments and injuries.
Among that lot was 1,200-yard rusher from last season, Abraham Haddad.
Coady and staff actually will use those absences to build depth and find replacements for several senior starters lost off last year’s squad District 13AA championship squad, including three-year quarterback Tanner Spencer and a total of five defensive linemen.
Sophomore Matt Castleman and junior Bo Vincent alternated at quarterback during the scrimmage on Saturday at UTM with both showing signs of promise.
Quan Williams had a number of sizable gains at tailback in place of Haddad and scored the Chargers’ lone touchdown of the scrimmage, while fullback Wyatt Zarecor also was effective at running inside.
Westview had two drives stall deep inside Liberty territory, one stopped at the Crusader eight-yard line.
Liberty scored on four of its five possessions against W’view.
The scrimmage featuring Westview and Dyer County is set to begin at 9:15 Saturday morning.