The Moore American

May 15, 2013

Football is back

By Michael Kinney
The Moore American

MOORE — There’s less than two weeks left before the 2012-23 school year comes to an end. But before that happens, area football teams getting a sneak preview of what to expect for next fall as Spring football practice began Monday at schools around the state.

For Moore, Southmoore and Westmoore, it’s get younger player up to speed and remind the experienced ones what is expected of them.

“We want to see how our returning starters have progressed from last year and take a look at and see competitions for positions and playing time for the guys that are battling for jobs,” Jaguars coach Billy Langford said.

This will be the second spring football season for MHS coach Todd Watters. After a subpar first year with the Lions, he is looking forward to getting back on the field.

“We have new schemes that we will be installing, so we must learn quickly,’ Watters said. “We also will be replacing some very good football players with new faces.  We want to see who is going to step up and claim one of these positions. We are also looking forward to the competition at the other positions where we have returning starters. New defensive schemes and tweaks to our current offensive schemes are being added.”

Entering last season, Watters said the most important thing he wanted to accomplish was create a new atmosphere. This year is improved the on the field product.

“We need to improve our understanding of the offense and it’s execution,” Watters said. “Specifically in our play action and passing game. We are hoping to see increased athleticism and strength from our off-season program. And of course, we want to see kids compete for positions.”

All three area teams are replacing their starting quarterbacks from last season. It looks like no one has solidified their claim on the position and spring practice will go a long way to determining who wins it.

“Over next two weeks the key is for players to develop,” Southmoore coach Jeff Brickman said. “To see younger players step up and older players lead by example.”

Each team is planning some sort of spring game to conclude the season. Southmoore and Moore will hold theirs during the last day on the final day of school. The Jaguars’ game will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. May 23.

“Our base offense and defense will be the same,” Langford said. “We always use spring to try some new things and see how they go….we try to stay on the cutting edge of what we do each year.”

Michael Kinney Follow me @eyeamtruth mkinney@mooreamerican.com