War Ea­gles seek­ing edge in in­ten­sity

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL -

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.

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