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Filling the gaps: Southmoore starts freshman QB

by Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh and Trent Shadid Published: August 23, 2013
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SOUTHMOORE STARTS FRESHMAN QB

Last season Tre Edwards passed for more than 2,200 yards and 20 touchdowns in what was technically his third year as a starter for SaberCats.

Now, Southmoore is waging a three-way battle for quarterback.

Friday night against Edmond North, it was freshman Conner Uselton who got the start and orchestrated the team's lone touchdown of the night.

He found tight end Brandon Garrison down the right sideline for a big gain with 49 seconds remaining to later set up a TD run by Pierce Spead.

“He didn't force anything, and he asked good questions when he came to the sideline,” Southmoore coach Jeff Brickman said.

Senior Jace Williams also saw time during the scrimmage, but sophomore Dunya Rice missed the scrimmage with an injury.

Brickman intends to name a starter following next week's scrimmage in Mustang.

CARL ALBERT WORKING TO IMPROVE OFFENSIVE LINE

 

The Titans are replacing three starters on the offensive line from last season's state championship team.

 

The inexperience showed on Friday night against Del City, as the Titans we're held scoreless throughout the scrimmage and struggled to establish a running game.

 

“We're working hard everyday to get better,” said coach Gary Rose. “We've got a lot of work to do. Those young guys have a long way to go, but they work hard. It's a process to build an offense line.”

 

EDMOND NORTH RUNNING BACKS OFF TO SLOW START

With the loss of star running back Michael Farmer, the trio of Edmond North running backs Lindell Tate, Ezel McIntee and Antonio Williams never really got going against Southmoore's defense.

First-year coach Scott Burger attributes that to fatigue as all three also play defense.

“We had to get in two-back and run counter at times,” he said. “Most of them that are playing running back for us right now are coming right off defense and it's going to take some getting used to.

“I've said we like to run the football and we need to get better at that.”

GUTHRIE QB REED SHOWS OFF ARM

Stuck behind four-year starter Bryan Dutton — one of the best quarterbacks in Guthrie history — for the last three years, Reed Roberts is finally getting his shot as the Bluejays' starting quarterback as a senior.

His first time in a gamelike situation went well, though there might have been some nerves.

“He had an OK night tonight,” Guthrie senior Kai Callins said. “But in practice, he has looked really good. He has a cannon for an arm. He's smart, and he can move around. Once he gets used to varsity speed at quarterback, he's gonna be good.”

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by Scott Wright
Reporter
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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by Jacob Unruh
Reporter
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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by Trent Shadid
Copy Editor
Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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