Archive for Wednesday, September 3, 2003

BHS ready for football opener

September 3, 2003

Friday's annual Baldwin High School football scrimmage left coach Mike Berg pleased, but also aware that there's still more work to be done and decisions to be made before the season opener against Anderson County.

"We were very, very happy with the scrimmage," said Berg. "The coaching staff saw some good things on both sides of the ball. We also saw some areas that need improvement.

"Overall, it was a good scrimmage," he said. "We got to look at some kids in a game-type atmosphere."

The season kicks off Friday as the BHS Bulldogs travel to Garnett to face Anderson County's Bulldogs. Game time is 7 p.m. and by then the question of who the BHS quarterback will be should be answered.

Berg had hoped that the scrimmage would provide the answer for whether senior Jason Kesinger will return to the Bulldog helm as a second-year starter or if sophomore Jeremy Wright will unseat him.

"We still don't know," Berg said of the on-going battle at quarterback. "I thought both our quarterbacks did some nice things Friday. Jason threw the ball very well and Jeremy ran the option very well. They are both going to contribute to our offense this year. They really give us a change-up.

"The starting spot is still up for grabs," he said. "We're not going to make that decision until Friday. We can play Jeremy at wide receiver and Jason is going to play some defense this year, so both will see plenty of playing time."

The question mark at quarterback isn't the only one that needs answered this week. There are several other positions where the starters haven't been determined yet.

"We've got a lot of kids pushing each other in practice," said Berg. "That's a good situation to have."

As for Friday's season opener, Berg isn't sure what to expect. BHS has beaten Anderson County five years in a row, but that doesn't mean much about this year's game.

"They graduated their quarterback, three lineman and their running back so it's going to be a new team. They don't have a lot of returners," he said. "They are well coached, the play hard, but we don't know too much about them.

"It's an important game for us. You always want to start off with a win, but we're not taking anything for granted," said Berg. "We're just real excited about going against someone else. We've been going against each other for long enough."

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