Old offense runs like new

Published 8:11 pm Thursday, May 20, 2010

ISABELLA – The Isabella offense looked sharp—even with all the fake handoffs, real handoffs and directional snaps that the Mustangs haven’t had long to practice.

Coach Scott Booth said after Thursday’s scrimmage that the first spring practice period of his second stint at the school should provide some momentum heading into the summer conditioning program.

“We’ve moved the ball up and down the field,” Booth said. “The attitude has been great…I couldn’t be happier.”

Booth coached the Mustangs in 2001 and 2002, and fans Thursday would have noticed he brought a familiar offense back with him.

Isabella often lined up with the quarterback in the shotgun, a fullback beside him, a blocking back behind a guard, and two wing backs off both edges of the offensive line.

On any given play, the quarterback might keep the ball, hand off to the fullback or either of the wing backs, or throw a pass.

But that’s assuming the quarterback receives the snap. Many snaps Thursday went to the fullback.

Because Booth and his staff, some of which are also unfamiliar with the offense, had only two weeks to teach players the system, the coach said he was concerned about fumbles during the scrimmage.

There were some fumbles, but the first offense for the most part spent more time in the end zone than on the ground fighting for loose balls.

First QB Austin Haigler, a rising senior, ran for two touchdowns and a two-point conversion, and passed for two more scores.

Haigler hooked up with Blake Edwards, Dylan Green and J.D. Lenoir on long pass plays.