PLAS QB#039;s shine at Ft. Dale

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 17, 2003

If this week's passing camp at Fort Dale Academy was any indication, good things may be in store for the Pike Liberal Arts School football team this year.

The Patrios attended the passing camp and competed in 14 seven-on-seven games. Pike Lib won 10, lost none and tied four of those games.

"They put the ball at the 45-yard line, and they have a 12-minute continuously running clock, and there's an offense and a defense," PLAS head coach Mack Williams said. "When your 12 minutes are up, your opponent gets the ball for 12 minutes. Whoever has the most points at the end of the second 12 minutes wins the game."

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Williams said senior quarterback Wesley Grant and junior quarterback Andrew Folmar both played well in the camp, and both will likely see playing time at the position this year.

"I like to run two quarterbacks," Williams said. "You just never know."

In other Pike Lib football news, Cottage Hill backed out of the Oct. 17 game with the Patriots, leaving Pike Lib with only nine games for the upcoming season. The Alabama Independent School Association only guarantees nine games for each team, so barring a minor miracle, the Patriots will have an open date Oct. 17.

"I'm not that worried about it," Williams said. "That was our road game, so we still have five home games."

Pike Lib was put in a bind when Lyman-Ward left AISA to return to the Alabama High School Athletics Association. The Patriots were supposed to make a return trip to Lyman-Ward after defeating the school in Troy last season.

Pike Lib tried to get Cottage Hill as a replacement for a sixth home game and as its homecoming opponent, but Hill backed out.

Pike Lib has not released the new date for its homecoming. However, a three-week road swing in September and early October limits the possibilities. The Patriots play at home Sept. 12 against Kingwood, but do not play at home again until Oct. 10 against Pickens. Both of those are region opponents.