QB’s im­prove­ment key for Farm­ing­ton

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL - Mike Cap­shaw, Paul Boyd, Henry Ap­ple and Scottie Borde­lon con­trib­uted to this re­port.

FARM­ING­TON — Coach Mike Adams has been en­cour­aged by the de­ci­sion mak­ing of se­niors Trey Wag­gle and Caleb Wil­liams.

Wag­gle (6-0, 170) is en­ter­ing his sec­ond year as the start­ing quar­ter­back and, with eight starters back on of­fense, should be able to gen­er­ate more than the 18 points per game av­er­aged last sea­son. He com­pleted 50.8 per­cent of his passes for 1,250 yards with 12 touch­downs and nine in­ter­cep­tions last year.

“He’s got­ten bet­ter over the sum­mer,” Adams said. “He’s a great ath­lete and throws the ball re­ally well; his big is­sue has been de­ci­sion mak­ing. Some de­ci­sions that cost us turnovers, and he’s im­proved on that and con­tin­ues to work on it. That’s a pos­i­tive sign.”

Wil­liams (5-9, 190) rushed for team-high 423 yards on 109 car­ries as a ju­nior and will be aided by four re­turn­ing starters on the of­fen­sive line.

“Caleb Wil­liams has re­ally im­pressed me,” Adams said. “He’s mak­ing bet­ter de­ci­sions as far as cuts and be­ing more ag­gres­sive by run­ning down­hill. He’s a sprinter on the track team and he’s a 300-pound bencher, so he’s got a lot of strength.

“When he de­cides to plant that foot in the ground, he can be a load, so that’s a pos­i­tive.”

Adams plans to “keep fresh legs” in the back­field with Wil­liams backed up by se­niors Jared Oskey and Javin Jow­ers, and ju­niors Reid Turner and Di­mariae Dono­van. Oskey av­er­aged seven yards per carry last sea­son while Turner had a team-best four rush­ing touch­downs. Jow­ers, who starts at cor­ner­back, can line up at re­ceiver or run­ning back while Dono­van is “a lit­tle guy, but re­ally, re­ally quick and has a re­ally good jump cut that can make peo­ple miss.”

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