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High school football: Casady dominant in its only preseason tuneup

There really wasn’t much Casady didn’t do correctly, as it dominated all three teams in its only tuneup before the first game of the regular season next week at Holland Hall.
by Jacob Unruh Published: August 22, 2014

Casady wide receiver Denver Johnson gave the Cyclones an A-minus when asked how the team performed during Friday’s scrimmage against Christian Heritage Academy, Centennial and U.S. Grant.

There really wasn’t much Casady didn’t do correctly, as it dominated all three teams in its only tuneup before the first game of the regular season next week at Holland Hall.

“We had a lot of ups and a lot of downs, but mostly ups,” Johnson said. “We just wanted to see how we did going against somebody else. We put in a lot of work this summer, and we just wanted to see how we progressed and where we’re at. Now we’re ready for game time.”

Johnson had a touchdown reception and fell a half yard shy of scoring another. Quarterback T’Quan Wallace was rarely off the mark. Gary Woods was impressive wherever he played. The state’s top prospect, Josh Wariboko-Alali, was dominant on both sides of the ball at the line.

It was exactly what Casady coach Koby Scoville was hoping to see in the 60-play scrimmage.

“We had a couple position questions I think we got answered,” he said. “I thought our defense looked outstanding. Tickled to death. I think we’re ready to go.

“We’re still not world-beaters by any means. We’ve still got to stay focused and keep practicing hard, but if we’re headed in the direction we’re headed we’re going to be all right.”

CHA’S RUNNING GAME IMPROVES

A shaky start against Casady didn’t derail Christian Heritage’s running game.

The Crusaders, led by running back Joseph Lemieux improved against Centennial and U.S. Grant, scoring multiple times on the ground and breaking long runs.

“The first one against Casady wasn’t very good, but they have a pretty big defensive line and I think it was more jitters,” Lemieux said.

Senior quarterback Spencer Lindsey also looked sharp at times, but then at times looked off the mark.

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by Jacob Unruh
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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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