War Eagles end week of practice on high note
ROGERS — War Eagles coach Tony Travis threw a curveball at his players and staff to close the second week of fall camp.
The team finished practice Friday morning with a scrimmage, which isn’t all that unusual. But he allowed players to call offensive and defensive plays during the final 15 minutes. Assistant coaches also swapped duties during that final segment.
“I didn’t tell the coaches we were going to do it,” Travis said. “I had told the quarterbacks all week long at the end of the day on Friday, y’all were going to call your own plays. I had kinda told the linebackers, too, be ready to call the defense. We just called the coaches in and we just flipped it, offense and defense.
“We just had a little fun. I think we’ll do a little more of it, not a lot, but I think the kids had fun with it.”
The offense put together a pair of 40-yard scoring drives in that final part of the scrimmage, while the defense dominated early on. Quarterbacks Trey Kitterman and Zach Brown each scored on short runs.
Kitterman hooked up with senior Zach Gall for a 35-yard completion to set up Brown’s 1-yard keeper for the touchdown. Senior linebacker Joseph Nunnelee also picked off a Kitterman pass.
The War Eagles were a little thin at receiver late in the week as returning starter Jay De La Rosa was held out with a tight hamstring and Dylan Moore was absent because of a death in the family. Seth Curren and Brendan Collins were also out with injuries, but Travis is hopeful both should return before the season opener.