New QBs tested at camp

Published 5:16 pm Thursday, June 30, 2011

Chilton County receiver Michael Seaton, left, catches a touchdown pass Thursday during a 7-on-7 game against Maplesville.

Chilton County, Isabella and Maplesville all tried out new quarterbacks Thursday, and the reviews were mostly positive.

The three teams—along with A.L. Johnson, New Brockton and Winterboro—participated in the Central Alabama Football Camp at Chilton County High School’s Tiger Stadium, offering the first glimpse of how the new QBs will fare in the fall.

Score wasn’t kept in the 7-on-7 passing games, but if it was it would have shown Maplesville’s Colby Chambers leading his team to wins in all six of their games (the Maplesville junior varsity also would have been undefeated).

“One interception in six games of nothing but throwing the ball, I can’t complain about that,” MHS coach Brent Hubbert said.

The Red Devils defense was effective despite utilizing a new system, playing two safeties instead of one.

“Overall, considering we’re losing 10 seniors, I was so impressed with the attitude,” Hubbert said.

Maplesville’s play was especially impressive considering the Devils had used only two of this summer’s workout sessions to practice throwing and catching the football.

The situation was even more difficult for CCHS and new coach Donnie Hand, who has gone through only two practices with his new team.

Rising junior Chance Britnell quarterbacked the varsity squad on Thursday, and Hand said Britnell played well.

“There were a lot of balls that should have been caught,” Hand said. “There were a lot of mistakes that we can fix.”

Britnell played a different position last year. He went through spring practice as a quarterback but was running a different system than the I-formation look Hand installed after his hiring June 21.

“I think they learned a lot today,” Hand said. “We competed. I think they learned what we’re trying to do on offense. This type of thing doesn’t really suit our offense, running play-action when they know we can’t run the ball.”

The camp also included a linemen portion, where the groups from each school competed in events such as tug-of-war and flipping over a large tire as quickly as possible.

Isabella’s line earned the most points out of those that participated, with Maplesville and CCHS not far behind.

Hubbert said the line coaches at the camp “bragged on those three (squads) a lot.”