W’view spring reviews mixed
Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 1:59 pm
Not all good, not all bad.
The Chargers wrapped up 10 days of the annual ritual with their second-alloted scrimmage — against Dyer County — Saturday at Skyhawk Stadium.
And while the meaningless final tally had the Choctaw first-teamers outscoring Westview five-touchdowns-to-three, there was both positive points and the need for improvement to come out of both the scrimmage and the drills as a whole for the Chargers.
Westview was without 10 players for various reasons for Saturday’s work with DC — several still with the school’s soccer team and another handful nursing injuries.
The Chargers did make strides in establishing some depth in several positions though, according to head coach Don Coady, who admittedly doesn’t keep track with the score in such scrimmages as Saturday.
“Spring is totally different …your agendas are different,” the veteran Westview coach claimed. “We don’t prepare for game conditions or game-plan for who we’re playing. We’re more interested in fundamentals, identifying kids who will be able to play for us in the fall and working on being a more-physical football team.
“As a whole, we made some progress in those areas.”
While the Chargers consistently moved the ball on the ground with tailback Quan Williams (two TD runs) and fullbacks Wyatt Zarecor (one score) and Ryan Nanney behind a workmanlike effort of the offensive line, a defensive unit that gave up multiple big plays and had tackling issues against DC’s spread offense obviously will need to improve by the fall.
“We didn’t have our top four cornerbacks today, and that’s critical against a team like Dyer County that has playmakers and people who can run in the open field,” added Coady, whose club gave up three scoring passes to Choctaw all-state QB Dylan Dye. “We don’t have enough of our schemes in defensively to play someone like them and be effective in the spring.
“Defense is about assignments and alignments, and we struggled with that some. And in scrimmages, you don’t use your kicking game. Special teams are always a part of our football teams.”
Coady singled out Quan Williams and Rocky Williams, as well as Will Thompson as those who had good springs.
The former Williams got extra reps this spring because Abraham Haddad was involved with soccer.
The latter Williams — lineman — missed Saturday’s scrimmage with a shoulder injury, but was impressive on both sides of the ball, according to Coady, beforehand.
Thompson has been moved to linebacker on defense and has showed promise.
He also made couple of nice plays from his receiver spot on offense, and caught a two-point conversion pass after Westview’s final score.
Westview will open its 2011 campaign Aug. 18 — a Thursday night — vs. Weakley County foe Dresden.