TRAC football revving up practice

Photo by Nick Baker – New Clovis North head coach Casey Quinn huddles up the team after a recent football practice. Quinn is implementing a faster paced offensive system this season, lead by senior quarterback Brent Bailey.

By Paul Meadors | Sports Editor

On August 1 the CIF sanctioned “dead period” for football was lifted and high school teams could go full steam ahead in preparation for the upcoming season. The Clovis Roundup was able to check out three TRAC schools during their practice sessions – Clovis North, Clovis West and Clovis High – and this much was clearly evident; the TRAC schools are hitting the field like there’s no tomorrow.

For new head Clovis North coach Casey Quinn implementing an entirely new offense into the program can be quite daunting. But, if observing their practice for two hours is any indication, the new offensive scheme is going to fast and furious. In short, it was fun to watch.

Quinn, who returns to coaching in the TRAC after coaching at Central from 2008-11, could be seen diving right in during practice sessions, taking a few snaps himself and demonstrating exactly how he wants his offense to be run. There was no lack of energy from Quinn and his coaching staff to be sure.

Looking especially sharp was senior quarterback Brent Bailey, showcasing a strong and accurate arm. Senior defensive back standout David Akande was equally impressive and even got a few carries in the 11 on 11 session late in practice. After practice Quinn pointed out the ability of 6’2” 220 lb linebacker Erick Kroll, a senior.

Over at Clovis West third year head coach George Petrissans could also be seen mixing it up during practice, showing his wide receivers the proper way to run routes in his up-tempo offense. This was pretty impressive to watch considering the fact that Petrissans is a former offensive lineman.

And it was easy to pick out uber-talented junior quarterback Adrian Martinez, not just because he was wearing a white jersey symbolizing “don’t you dare hit him”, but he was the one making every throw imaginable look effortless. From the quick outs to the 20-yard touch pass, his passes were on the money.

The Schramm twins, Dusty and DJ, were seen tearing it up during defensive drills, both passing the eye ball tests and looking like college prospects. They are both listed at 6’2” 215 and are entering their junior season.

At Clovis High, Coach Rich Hammond doesn’t believe in afternoon practices in the grueling Central Valley heat so you know what that means – 7:00 a.m. start times. And you can always count on the Cougars featuring some big dudes, and this year it looks no different with senior TE Clayton Alexander, juniors OL Cole Acevedo and Seth Nevills standing out as major dudes.

But the highlight of the August 5 Cougar practice was surely the end, when the offense and defense squared off for some bragging rights. The defense was intense, no surprise there, but the play that stood out was a beautifully thrown 20-yard touchdown pass from senior Trey Lake to Tyson Fraser over the middle. Chalk up up for the offense.

The high school football season begins with Clovis North on Thursday, August 25 at Sunnyside, Clovis West at home against defending D1 champion Liberty-Bakersfield on Friday, August 26 and Clovis High home against Burbank on Saturday, August 27.

Mark your calendar.

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