War Eagles seeking edge in intensity
ROGERS — Coach Tony Travis liked his team’s intensity to finish the first week of practice, but there were at least a couple of situations that drew his ire.
“We need to be more intense,” Travis said. “In most cases when we hit the field on Friday night, the edge is not going to be in our favor as far as size. So we need to be intense. But we’ve got to be smart about it. When the intensity draws the official’s flag that’s counterproductive. And we had a couple of those issues.”
A few War Eagles could see some action on both sides of the ball, including seniors Trey Kitterman, Jay De La Rosa, Dylan Qualls and junior Ty Graser. But Travis said it won’t be all the time.
“Trey and Zach Brown both played well at quarterback this week,” Travis said. “We’re playing Zach and Jay both offense and defense. That will give our defense a little boost. Those guys are a little faster. Kitterman’s playing a little linebacker. Ty Graser ran the ball real well.”
Defensive end Landon Evans has dropped some weight in the offseason and moves better now, Travis said. Jheovany Hernandez, who saw action last season at defensive end, was not at practice this week, but is expected to be back on Monday.
Junior linebacker Carter Christian is rounding back into form, after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in a junior varsity game and missed the last half of last season. Senior Liam Alderson came out for football for the first time, but his speed and athleticism will likely help in the secondary, Travis said.
“He’s learning on the fly,” Travis said. “We’re tickled to death to have him. He’s an intelligent young man, but he doesn’t have the experience on Friday.”
Heritage will go in full pads this week and a controlled scrimmage is slated for about 8:30 a.m. Friday.