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August 22, 2013

Reinart: CHS QB battle remains open

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ENID, Okla. — WHS ready for Coyle scrimmage

The best news for second-year Waukomis coach Jon Claborn is there have been no major injuries for the Chiefs. The roster remains at 29, with no dropouts.

The Chiefs are excited about going to Coyle for a scrimmage tonight with the Bluejackets and Destiny Christian.

“The guys are always ready to go attack somebody else,’’ Claborn said. “They are tired of lining up against the same people every day. It’s good to see another color.’’

Specifically, Claborn is looking for one more offensive lineman, a defensive end and two interior defensive linemen.

“We’re going to rotate five or six guys there and see who wants to play,’’ Claborn said. “We’re going to look at some guys at different positions.’’

Gage McCartney and Dustin Breeze have played well at linebacker, Claborn said. Sophomore linebacker-tight end Chance Mullens has “really grown and gotten better.’’

“We look pretty solid in the secondary,’’ Claborn said.

Coyle reached the Class C playoffs a year ago. The Bluejackets are known for their speed and athleticism. Claborn said he doesn’t know much about Destiny Christian.

He estimates the starters will get anywhere from 40 to 50 snaps and the second team 30 to 40.

“The older kids have been chopping at the bit,’’ Claborn said. “They never feel they get enough plays, but hopefully it keeps them hungry.’’

With 20 freshmen and sophomores on the team, all the snaps are important, experience-wise.

“It’s going to be really fast for the freshmen,’’ Claborn said. “Hopefully, it’s slowing down for the older guys. Scrimmages are good for conditioning because the adrenaline is kicking in and you’re playing faster and harder.’’

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