Football camp notebook: Positions still up for grabs as Central readies for opener

Central High School linemen work on technique using a training sled during a recent practice. The offensive line is one of the areas where the Falcons are trying to figure out who will be starting when the season begins next week. Rich Cooley/Daily

WOODSTOCK – Central coach Mike Yew said there are still some questions to be answered after the Falcons’ first scrimmage last week.

He said he had several kids out on vacation, so they weren’t able to get as good of a look at his team as he would have liked, and there are still some positions up for grabs.

“We’re seeing a lot of kids working hard doing things. We’re still in the process of trying to find the best fit, the best place,” Yew said. “We feel good about a lot of the positions right now, but we still have two or three on each side of the ball that we’re looking at.”

One of those positions is quarterback. Yew said he wasn’t ready to name a starter just yet, and said he wants to see how the next scrimmage goes. Yew said that sophomore Zeb Dyer is a little further along than senior Colton Hutchinson, but he feels comfortable with either quarterback.

“Zeb had a real good summer and he had a very good scrimmage (last week),” Yew said. “Colton right now we feel like, if it stays that way, that Colton is certainly a reliable backup, can manage a football game, can do what we need to do.”

One area where the Falcons have depth is on the defensive line. Yew said that they have eight players they feel good about on the defensive line, including Jon Riggs and Shane Watson.

He said that the starters could change from game to game depending on who they are playing.

“We have plenty of depth on the d-line so that, for us, it’s kind of an irrelevant point to name a starter, because it depends on the front we go with. Depends on what combination we want to go with,” Yew said. “We feel like we got seven, eight kids that we can count on on the defensive line.”

Room for improvement: One area where Yew said he needs to see improvement is on the offensive line.

He said that he had a couple offensive lineman out in Central’s first scrimmage, but the offensive line play was not what he was hoping to see.

“The offensive line was probably the one spot where we had a few questions, but again two of our offensive lineman were out (in the scrimmage),” Yew said. “… I don’t think we communicated very well. We didn’t really not block aggressively. We tried, we just lacked the communication on our double teams.”

Yew said that the offensive line will be led this season by senior Alex Sibert, an All-Bull Run District selection last year.

Junior Lee Schreiber and senior Dominic Richel will also be key pieces on the offensive line for the Falcons.

Learning quickly: Yew said that his players picked up things quickly this season.

Central has used the same formations and plays for a number of years, so it is easier for the players to come in and know what they’re doing quickly.

It’s also easy for the junior varsity players moving up to the varsity level due to the JV team running the same formations and some of the same plays as well.

“We haven’t changed systems,” Yew said. “Everybody in the area knows we’re an I-back team. We’re a 4-4 (on defense). We stray to the spread a little bit, we stray to a 5-3 to 3-5, but for the most part terminology’s not changing for anything we do. Therefore our kids, even on the JV team, coach (Bryan) Scott’s down there the last two years and coach (Leonard) Strother before that and our terminology – there’s no varying from what we’re doing.”

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com