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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Bulldogs chomping on multiple attack

  • Bolstered by a 16-man talented sophomore class, which carried the Junior Bulldogs to a share of the 5-2A Conference championship last fall, Quitman opened spring practice last week under first year Coach Brett Schrable.
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  • Bolstered by a 16-man talented sophomore class, which carried the Junior Bulldogs to a share of the 5-2A Conference championship last fall, Quitman opened spring practice last week under first year Coach Brett Schrable.
    The Bulldogs ran a wide-open no-huddle hurry-up offense under former Coach Fritz Heidenreich. Schrable intends to tighten things up, preferring to run a multiple set attack to keep opponents guessing.
    Schrable, who was an all-state player at Hoxie before continuing his playing career at ASU ¬ demands a physical style of football similar to his high alma mater ¬ where he served as an assistant coach before coming to Quitman.
    The Bulldogs will line up in a variety of packages varying from a double slot to pistol.
    “We are trying to get more into a physical style of play,” said Schrable. “Getting the linemen with a hand on the ground going forward. We still want to be multiple and be able to throw some but we want to get that run first mentality into them. I know last year they threw the ball most of the time. We are trying to change that identity a little bit. We will be an option zone kind of team.”
    Quitman plans to base out of a 4-3 defensive scheme depending on its opposition.
    “It will be built to kinda move around depending on the offense. If they’ve got three backs and two tight ends we will move to a five front. It just depends on who we are playing but right now we are basing out of a 4-3.”
    Senior lineman Josh Harrison was at the top of the list when Schrable was asked about some guys stepping into leadership roles. “He is 6-5, 300… He may weigh 330 for all I know but he has done a real good job. We have a couple sophomores that have really stepped up Justin Johnston and Abu Quoriz. They have done a fantastic job at left tackle and left guard. I am really pleased with them,” added Schrable.
    Game breaking sophomore quarterback Trey McGhee has solidified his position as the starter while bulked up senior Walker Johnson shifts over to tight end. “Trey McGhee is very, very dynamic. He has good speed and he is throwing the ball pretty good and running the option stuff. Honestly our entire backfield with Royce Katzer, Trevor Williams and Chris Milam has all done a real good job. At receiver Michael McRae has done real good job and Walker Johnson has looked pretty good at tight end at times.”
    Johnson is also making strides at defensive end along with Harrison, Johnston and Quoriz. Milam and Williams have played solid at linebacker, while Katzer and McRae have shown the ability to play the ball in the secondary.
    Page 2 of 2 - “I wish I had a little more depth but that’s 2A football. We’ve got to get them out here,” said Schrable, who recently rented a house in Quitman. “I look forward to next week. I’ve got to go back to Hoxie for one day just for finals and then I am coming back for good. So I am excited about that.”

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