High school football: District A-8 preview

Warner coach impressed by sophomore quarterback Bobby Ward,
BY CHRIS BRANNICK, Staff Writer, cbrannick@opubco.com Published: August 28, 2013
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The Warner Eagles didn't have any problem with District A-8 last season — they went 6-0. But coach Mike Burge isn't the least bit interested in last season.

Starting quarterback for this year's squad will be sophomore Bobby Ward. In the team's first scrimmage, Burge was impressed.

“He's got some things down. He threw the ball well,” Burge said.

The Eagles scrimmaged Canadian on Aug. 23, and the first team offense ran 24 plays.

Warner boasted the best defense in the district last season, allowing 12 points per game. Burger said there is some work needed on defense, though the effort is good.

Burger said the toughest games on the schedule are toward the end of the year. The team will have a chance to get the wrinkles ironed out with their nondistrict games.

CHANGING THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE

Afton's season didn't start out the way it planned last year. Despite finishing second in the district, coach Zach Gardner knows the importance of opening the season on the right foot.

“We're going to find out how good we are in week one,” Gardner said.

The Eagles return most of their skill position players, which Gardner calls a plus. But he quickly mentioned the guys who don't get mentioned enough.

“We got to replace the line of scrimmage, the guys that get you the wins.”

Afton's key matchup comes with a week 4 meeting with Fairland. Last year, Afton beat Fairland to seal home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Gardner expects this game to be meaningful again.

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