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August 28, 2013

Chisholm coach not ready to name QB

ENID, Okla. — Chisholm coach Joey Reinart is not ready to name a starting quarterback yet, but he’s getting closer as the Longhorns go to Mooreland for a 6:45 scrimmage tonight.

Taggart Brown and Bailey Cross  “have separated themselves’’ in the battle, but Reinart said the scrimmage won’t be “a make or break’’ situation for either.

“I think it’s a good idea to give them both the maximum amount of reps we can give them,’’ Reinart said. “The backup is one play away from being the starter. I believe in both of those guys. It’s a good situation, quarterback-wise.’’

The two teams will play a simulated half after both the junior varsity and varsities have gone through a rotation of scrimmages.

“A lot of that is getting the kids on their own,’’ Reinart said. “We’re not always going to be out there to help them (coaches are in the huddle for the scrimmage). They have to adjust to that, and we as coaches, have to adjust to that.’’

Competition remains for other positions, Reinart said. Cross and Colton Johnson are battling at strong safety. Matt Wilson, Dylan Pettus and Jarett Webb are competing at defensive end.

Reinart still is looking to complete his receiver and running back rotation.

The Longhorns have tried to adjust to higher temperatures. Two-way lineman Turner Reed declared he “is in the best shape of his life,” after completing a summerof  Army basic training.

OBA goes to Crossings Christian

Oklahoma Bible Academy hopes to be “a little more physical’’ when the Trojans scrimmage at Crossings Christian at 6 tonight.

“We were a little tentative last week (against Newkirk),’’ said Trojans coach Mark Boyd. “It was new, and we got it out of the way. This is kind of a dress rehearsal about how we react in a game situation.’’

Crossings Christian is only in its second year of varsity football, but Boyd warns “they have beaten the tar out of our middle school teams the past few years.’’

“It will be a good scrimmage,’’ Boyd said.

Boyd was still relatively pleased with OBA’s play last week. The Trojans gave up only “two big plays,’’ and neither resulted in a touchdown.

“We looked like we wanted to look,’’ Boyd said. “We wanted to see who could play and fill some spots. Defensively, we just need to be more sure of what we’re doing.’’

Trojan receivers caught the first 11 passes thrown to them. Quarterback Preston Atwood threw the ball well. Adam Eaton, a converted end, graded well on the line. OBA will be bolstered this week by the return of lineman Nathan Meier from a mission trip in Guatemala. Boyd said he hopes to get him some reps. He probably will move from center to guard with Jon Messenger and Austin Collums battling for the starting center job.

“We’re still moving people around,’’ Boyd said. “We’re not set on our lineup yet.’’

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