By Rodney Hays
The Eagles finished up the pre-season portion of the football schedule Friday night with a scrimmage against 3A rival Argyle. After a pre-season ranking of No. 4, according to Texas Football, the Argyle Eagles were a good match for the home team.
"They’re a good football team," Eagle coach Kent Scott said after the scrimmage. "When you only get one scrimmage, those are the kind of folks you want to line up against."
Since Scott elected to participate in spring drills, the Eagles only had one scrimmage this season. This week the games start to count as the Eagles open up in Keller on Thursday night.
Scott said he liked the way the defense looked, especially at the beginning of the scrimmage. The first team defense had several three-and-outs before allowing a first down by Argyle.
The defense may have gotten winded a little bit and gave up two scores during the game-like half the two teams played.
But it’s the offense that is behind the curve for Coach Scott’s Eagles.
"We knew offensively we would be behind the defense," Scott said. The Eagles have several defensive players back form last year’s playoff team and only a handful of offensive players.
One of the best questions offensively is who will take the snaps and replace last years quarterback and Texas Tech freshman Davis Webb. Webb threw for 2,658 yards and 23 touchdowns and accounted for 589 yards of rushing and 12 touchdowns.
Coming out of the spring football drills, last year’s back-up Chase Dawkins was the No. 1 quarterback on the depth chart. Dawkins is still officially the starter but is being pushed by junior quarterback Steele Walker. Both saw significant playing time in Friday’s scrimmage.
Scott said a final decision has not been made on a starter.
"We are still looking at toying with some things to take advantage of what our quarterbacks do best," he said.
He said it reminded him of the 2010 season when two quarterbacks with different styles alternated series before the district scheduled started. That season it was Javelle Allen and Patrick Tague, who alternated for the first three or four games, before Allen eventually won the starting job.
"The two we are looking at [Dawkins and Walker] are different styles again," Scott said. While the Eagles won’t make wholesale changes, he said they will tweak the play-calling to fit whichever quarterback is in the game.
And if the Eagles decide to alternate quarterbacks this season, Scott said they won’t do it for long.
"A decision will be made quickly," he said. He said a decision would be made before the district schedule starts.
While both guys brings some unique things to the table, Scott said the bottom line is getting the team in the end zone.
"It’s not about how pretty you throw the ball or how good you look back there doing it. Ultimately, it’s about who’s can get us down the field, and put the ball in the end zone."
The Eagles open the season this Thursday in Keller. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at the Keller ISD Athletic Complex.