Injuries a concern for BV
It has been a long wait for the 2018 football season and Berryville coach Doug Shott is excited for his team to take the field on Friday night at West Fork.
"We are ready to hit somebody besides ourselves because we are starting to beat up on each other pretty good," Shott said.
Shott hopes the Bobcats haven't beaten themselves up too much over the last week, as they have a few injuries heading into the opening game.
"Cale (Heithold) has an elbow that he got banged up pretty good yesterday," Shott said of the Bobcats’ junior quarterback. “We got another two or three bumps and bruises. Keeton Disheroon hurt his back. We brought him back today and he was full-bore, but we are ready to hit somebody else. Once you get the machine in motion, it's kind of hard to stop it."
Shott said while Heithold wants to play, it will be a game-time decision whether the coaching staff puts him on the field.
"We have made moves to adjust for it if we have to," Shott said. "If Cale can't go, we will go with J.D. (Smith) or Kooper (Logan). We can do one of two things, but Cale is a tough kid and I expect him to rebound."
Shott said the offense would be scaled back if Heithold is unable to play, but he is confident in both backup quarterbacks.
"J.D. is just a young cat and I don't want to put too much on him early," Shott said. "He is an outstanding student of the game, which helps him. Kooper brings us a little more leadership. He hasn't played quarterback since junior high, but he took 10 or 15 snaps in practice today. He is smart. He knows our offense and will figure it out."
Shott expects West Fork to be a good week one challenge.
"They are a young excited team," Shott said. "They had a city-wide pep rally Monday night. We watched them in a scrimmage at Lincoln and they did a good job. They moved the ball on them for sure. They operate out of the spread and they want to throw it. They will run it some. They do the zone read and the jet sweep, but they do want to throw the ball. Defensively, we expect them to be in some sort of an odd front. They advertise a 3-4 look."
Shott expects Berryville to win every game on the schedule, but in the early nonconference games, Shott said it's important the Bobcats develop into the team it wants to look like once conference play starts.
“Whether it be working on our veer stuff, our mid-line stuff, our wing-T stuff, we have to get better at our technique in those areas," Shott said. "Above all, we want to win, though."
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at West Fork.