Burnet football coach sees great potential but ‘lot of work to do’

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Burnet High School running back Preston Reeves (40 in white) tries to spin away from a tackle during a scrimmage Aug. 8.

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER

BURNET — The 2015 Burnet High School football team gave about 50 fans an early glimpse of what the Bulldogs can do during an intersquad scrimmage Aug. 8.

Quarterbacks Austin Moore and Coby Edwards took turns behind center. Preston Reeves lined up at fullback and nose guard, and Brock Foster was at running back. Receivers Steven Gallardo and Jose Briggs caught passes, and Darius Johnson lined up at defensive back and receiver.

And attendees got their first look at Drew Kiser in a varsity football uniform after he quit the sport two years ago to concentrate on cross country, basketball and track.

The Bulldogs have five new offensive linemen this year, who all performed consistently throughout the 60-minute practice. The quarterbacks had time to throw and only suffered a couple of sacks.

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Burnet High School running back Preston Reeves (40 in white) tries to spin away from a tackle during a scrimmage Aug. 8.

Head coach Kurt Jones noted the players were in full pads for only the second day.

“We have a long way to being a state champion,” he said. “We have a lot of work to do.”

Coaches called for specific plays because they were looking for definite things in each, he said.

“We wanted to see some of our base stuff,” he said. “We wanted to be able to go back and evaluate kids. We’ll have a chance to do that. It’s all about taking steps.”

Jones said one advantage for the Bulldogs offensively is the experience and confidence of returning starting quarterback Austin Moore. His presence helps ease the offensive linemen, the coach said.

“That’s where we have to make strides with that group in front of him,” he said. “We want to put all those parts together.”

Reeves’ runs also stood out to Jones, he said. Reeves uses his burst of speed and wide body to punish defensive linemen and tacklers. As the scrimmage wore on, he was able to force his will on the defense.

“He gets his shoulder down and gets five or six yards when there’s not much there,” Jones said.

The coach liked what he saw from the defense, especially the linemen and the linebackers. He said the group is using its athleticism and quickness to swarm to the football.

“They’re not anywhere near how good they think they can be,” he said. “We had guys flying around and playing physical.”

The Bulldogs welcome Llano for the first scrimmage of the season Aug. 14. The sub-varsities will play at 6 p.m., while the varsity follows at 7:30 p.m. All games are at Bulldog Field, 1000 The Green Mile, on the new synthetic turf.

jfierro@thepicayune.com

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