Bobcats will use 2 quarterbacks against Lincoln
With the Berryville Bobcats riding a three-game losing streak, coach Austin Winters is juggling the Berryville offense in hopes of finding a spark.
Winters says senior Bryan King will start at quarterback in Berryville's homecoming game Friday against Lincoln. Junior Jacob Graham started the Bobcats' first five games of the season, with King at fullback. Graham will now see action at running back and wide receiver, but Winters said he will play some quarterback, too.
"We will still play both quarterbacks," Winters said. "We are just getting him (King) more reps each week."
Winters said he plans to use each quarterback in different situations.
"We will see how it goes," Winters said. "Just different packages. We will play Jacob; we will play Bryan."
Winters said each player is transitioning into their new roles well. King took some snaps in last week's loss to Gentry, while Graham saw some action at running back.
"We will get Jacob in different spots," Winters said. "It takes a little bit to see the holes from a different position. Jacob was quarterback, so he already knew what everyone was doing, so that's already an advantage for him and we just have to work on seeing the holes open up, which I thought we did a good job Friday night, but it takes getting reps over and over to get it down."
The quarterback position isn't the only change the Bobcats have made this week in preparation for the Lincoln Wolves. The coaching staff decided to let the team practice on Ronnie Clark Field on Wednesday afternoon, complete with Metallica's "Enter Sandman" blaring through the stadium speakers.
"We were just wanting to try something new and see how they respond to it," Winters said. "The intensity was there where we wanted it. We were doing some good things and saw some things we need to work on."
Winters said Lincoln (1-4, 0-2 4A-1) will come out in a spread offense, similar to what the Bobcats saw from Gentry.
"They will come out in some different formations than Gentry ran, but they will run some of the same plays," Winters said. "They may pass it more. They like to throw it deep, but it should be the same type offense out of a different formation."
Winters said it is important the Bobcats (2-3, 0-2) come out and play with extra motivation.
"We just have to come out here and take care of business," Winters said. "We gotta limit mistakes and keep drives alive. Every conference game is important and we want to get this one."