Stanhope Elmore shows potential against AuburnPublished 12:00pm Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Stanhope Elmore took the field with a quickened pace Thursday night, capping the two-week spring practice period with a showdown against the visiting Auburn Tigers.
“It was just your typical spring game,” said Foshee. “There were a lot of little bitty mistakes on both sides of the ball, but the effort was good and those mistakes can be corrected.”
Thursday’s game started with the younger Mustangs and Tigers banging heads in a controlled scrimmage. Then the varsity squads took the field.
“Offensively, we looked well at times and moved the ball down the field, but we had a few little errors that kept us from scoring,” said Foshee.
Bishop Frazier made his debut as signal-caller for the Mustangs. Stanhope Elmore also debuted their “Stampede” offense, their no-huddle attack.
“The no-huddle went fine and if we want to try it during the season, we have that capability,” said Foshee. “We mainly put it in as a way to get more reps because we are so young on offense.”
That, they are. Foshee returns four starting seniors on the offensive side of the ball.
“We are going to be a young team,” said Foshee. “Frazier did some good things. He threw the ball well for us, had one bad throw. But he handled himself pretty good.”
While the Stanhope Elmore offense is young, the defense is even younger, with only two seniors from last year’s team starting.
“The biggest thing for us on defense is that we’ve got to get more reps,” said Foshee. “We’ve got to be better up front because we lost everybody up front.”
Kip Willis is the only Mustangs starter on the defensive front to return from last year’s squad.
Even with the numerous young faces falling into starting roles on the depth chart, Foshee is confident about his squad.
“I feel good about our chance to have a good football team,” said Foshee. “We just need some guys to step up as leaders and help us get some things done this summer.”
The Mustangs return to the weight room June 6 in preparation for August and the start of the 2013 football season.