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Trojans catching on quick, coach says

Head coach Jason Strickland reported last week he was pleased with his team’s effort as the Trojans near the end of spring practice. Offseason drills culminate Friday at 7 p.m. with the first-ever scrimmage at the new Trojan Field. Strickland and his staff have been drilling skill players with tennis balls to improve focus on the ball. ‘A lot of our kids were moving toward the football with their hands too far apart. The tennis balls force them to get in the habit of getting their hands together to make a catch,’ he said. Rodnique Brown and Tyler Carter have come on strong on defense and emerged as team leaders, Strickland reported. Samuel Smith has, as expected, performed well at wide receiver. The talk of drills and in staff meetings has been incoming freshman Joe Peters who has been a force on the line. Two youngsters are splitting time at quarterback. Maurice Bloodser and Tyler Young are picking up the offense. ’We are putting much more on the quarterback position this year and those two guys have done a good job of grasping what is going on. We were very basic last week. It will be interesting to see what happens this week as we expand a little bit,’ Strickland added. Middle school practices are also going well. For the first time, the LCMS Trojans are running the varsity offense and defense. ‘I have been very pleased with how that is going,’ Strickland said.

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