Dubose, Trojans ready for spring game

Published 7:05 pm Wednesday, May 14, 2014

By Brian Anderson

The Charles Henderson Trojans will play an intersquad spring football game tomorrow at Larry Blakeney Field. The Trojans look to rebound after losing in the state championship game to Oneonta in December.

“In the spring as a coach you really are interested in putting in your offensive and defensive schemes and we are really able to obtain that with what we have,” first year head coach Jamey Dubose said.

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He said the kids have worked hard and bought into what he is trying to do. Also, it has been a growth for everybody and he believes they have achieved everything they need to as far as spring training.

Dubose said earlier in the year that he didn’t have to see starting quarterback Austin Ingram make a throw because he can nor does he have to see middle linebacker Richard McBryde make a tackle because he can.

“We have had seven to eight other days to see those things and I am looking to find out who can go into the summer and August as the bonafide backup,” Dubose said. “I think some of the other guys have benefited from Austin not being out there with us. They have taken more snaps and gotten more comfortable.”

McBryde, the defensive leader of the Trojans, has been full bore in his final spring in orange and blue. Dubose said it has been difficult to reign in the talented linebacker.

“Richard has practiced and got after it and it has been a little hard to chill him back a little bit,” he said. “He is always getting after it. He is a great leader out there and always sets the right example for the younger kids.”

Ingram is the Trojans all-time leader in passing yards and McBryde is one of the most sought after players in the state. The Trojans also return 1,000 yard rusher Mondarius “Duke” Dixon and All-Area defensive back Demario Harris.

He said the number one goal of the spring game is to let everyone play and escape without any injuries.

“We have had a good three weeks of seeing who can do what,” Dubose said. “We want to get out of the game healthy, and get right in to our summer program. We are going to do some 7-on-7 stuff and continue the weight room work. Spring is ending, but we are just getting started.

The Orange and Blue Scrimmage is set for a 1 p.m. start at Veterans Memorial Stadium.