2011 Cleburne Football
Sunday, August 28, 2011Page 3
After Cleburne’s 6-4 run in2009, the Yellow Jackets had highhopes entering 2010Those high hopes were dashedas Cleburne struggled to a 1-9 re-cord in its first season of play inDistrict 7-4AThe secondary was suspect androutinely exploited for big plays bymore athletic teams such as DallasMadison, Everman and MansfieldSummitCleburne’s lone victory in 2010came over Joshua, 56-28 TheOwls ended up 0-10A silver lining was the emer-gence of Quade Coward as thequarterback of Cleburne’s futureAs a sophomore, he split playingtime with junior Chaston Cuffee inthe backfield His accuracy anddecision-making along with hismobility have made him the starterfor Cleburne in 2011 as it tries tomove forward from last year’s dis-appointmentHead Coach Phil Young said histeam is further along this year aftertwo scrimmages instead of one andan extra week of practice“We’re definitely further along just because we’ve had that extraweek with pads,” Young said“We’re also a little more dinged upbecause of it”Cleburne returns eight starters,four on each side of the ball Se-nior receiver Cooper Walls, wholed 7-4A last year in receptions, re-turns along with tight end PeteBlack, a three-year lettermanIn the backfield, Coward hasseveral options including seniorPatrick Morgan, Zach Haler and junior Khalil HallHall is the speediest of thethreeOn defense, Cuffee is thesafet and And Anderson returnsfor his senior season as an outsidelinebacker Connor Martyniuk, asenior, will play inside linebackeralong with Brock Sanders Both areundersized at around 170 poundsOn the defensive line is whereCleburne’s strength may lie ChazArmistead, Clayton McLaurin (aRio Vista move-in), German Her-nandez, Eduardo Cassio and AaronPerez are all available for duty inthe trenches James Thornburg re-turns at the linebacker slot andTanner Marchel is back on the lineafter missing last season with a leginjuryCleburne will operate out of amultiple-front look on both offenseand defense The Jackets usuallygo with a 4-3 defensive front, butthey were exploited in the second-ary last year With Cuffee playingpredominantly in the safety posi-tion this season, Young said thehope is he can prevent big playsfrom happeningOn offense, Cleburne has been amore run-centered team lately, butwith the departure of speedy run-ning back LJ Holmes, a first-teamall-district selection last year, theJackets may be forced to rely moreon the passing game until the run-ning backs developYoung said he feels good aboutthe extra practice Cleburne has got-ten this year“We’re good when we stick toour assignments,” he said “Whenwe start to peak and look around onthe offensive line, we’re not asgood“Andy [Anderson] has turnedinto a fantastic football playerHe’s improved the most of anyoneand he’s going to be fantastic thisyear”Young mentioned Black andWalls will be key again for Cle-burne“Those guys caught the major-ity of our balls last year,” he said“They can catch the ball in a lot of different situations They’ve bothgot a lot of speed and are very fastin their positions They might bethe fastest at their positions in thedistrict”Walls might be the most danger-ous offensive weapon Cleburnepossesses, Young said“I think his expectations are tocatch every ball that comes hisway,” he said “They’ll put theirbest guy on him every game Get-ting off the line, he’ll have to showup every game and understand he’sgoing to get the best kid and prob-ably be double-teamed“He’s a very unselfish kid andthat’s his best attribute along withbeing very athletic”
David Beans/Special to the Times-Review
Th Clburn offns will fatur diffrnt looks at th running back position with playrs lik Tuckr Nolan (11) and Patrick Morgan along with ZachHalr and Khalil Hall. Andy Andrson will also s tim at running back.
Jackets want to erase taste of last year’s 1-9 campaign
Cleburne has a deeproster for 2011