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‘Cats hard at work

Published 9:28am Thursday, June 26, 2014

Sometimes, a team’s secret weapons are right under its nose.
For the Benjamin Russell Wildcats, they’ve discovered a couple of hidden gems that could contribute in the 2014 season.
With the ‘Cats leaping back into Class 6A and having lost numerous multi-year starters, BRHS football coach Danny Horn said the discovery couldn’t have come at a better time.
“It’s big for us. It gives us some extra depth,” Horn said. “I think at the skill position, we’re going to be alright. We still need to get some more depth at the offensive line position and at linebacker.”
The Wildcats have been hard at work on ‘The Hill’ this week, using intra-squad 7-on-7 scrimmages in addition to their summer workouts to continue preparing for the upcoming season.
Horn said he was pleasantly surprised with the results of the recent practice sessions.
“We had enough guys to split into four teams, and we played six scrimmages in two days. I think it worked out well for us,” Horn said. “A couple of kids caught my eye, and what’s funny about that was we originally had them on the defensive side of the ball, but we saw that they could help us on offense, too.”
In addition, Horn said it also allowed for his young quarterbacks – Tyre Gray and Cole Grogan – to get some valuable reps in as they attempt to grow more comfortable in the offense while battling it out for the starting job.
While there were some bright spots to their play, Horn said there’s still some room to improve for both hopeful signal-callers.
“Both of them have thrown the ball fairly. We’ve still got some work to do there,” he said. “They both threw well on Monday, but it wasn’t quite there on Tuesday. But overall, we got something done.”
Horn said he hopes to see players continue to emerge, as the summer has shown itself to be more pivotal than expected.
“Our workouts have gone fairly well,” Horn said. “But it’s like what I was telling the kids earlier. Some of them are playing their way into the lineup, and some of them are playing themselves out because of what they’ve done over the summer.”