Friday, May 17, 2013
Who will be the Ashley Ridge quarterback; who will he throw the ball to; and who will run the ball for the Swamp Foxes?
Ashley Ridge football fans can gain insight into the potential answers to these questions and more Monday during the 2013 Swamp Fox Cardinal and White Spring Game.
For the event, scheduled for 6 p.m. at The Swamp, members of the Ashley Ridge football team will be divided into two teams for an inter-team scrimmage. Offensive players will line up for the Cardinal team and defensive players will line up for the White team.
Coaches have established a point system just for the scrimmage that awards points to the offensive squad when it does things like move the ball and enter the end zone and points to the defensive squad when it stops the other squad from gaining yards.
The Spring Game will mark the end of Ashley Ridge’s spring football practice, which opened May 1.
“Largely, we’ve worked on the basics this spring,” Ashley Ridge coach Kenny Walker said. “We have a lot of new kids and kids who will be in new positions so we have focused on teaching them the fundamentals of those positions. We don’t have many skills players back with experience, but we have some talented young kids and some guys who have kind of been waiting around to get their chance so we are excited.”
The Swamp Foxes will lose their starting quarterback, both starting running backs and some of their top receivers to graduation. However, Ashley Ridge does return three experienced offensive linemen – Tyler Moss, Jonathan Byrd and Keith Clark.
Five players are vying for the starting QB position.
Ashley Ridge is pretty young on defense but it does return four linemen on that side of the ball with varsity experience. That includes all-region athlete Josh Springer.
The team has some holes to fill in the defensive backfield but does have some experience there. Senior Kendall Felder returns to the safety position after receiving all-region honors last season.
“We lost three starting linebackers, but we have a couple of players with experience there and the young players in that position are showing so much promise that we may end up moving a linebacker to another position so we can get more of those guys on the field,” Walker said. “We will have some new guys in the secondary but things seem to be developing there.”
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