New head coach Toby Foreman admits that he hasn’t had much time to install his offense or defense, but you could tell his team is excited for the new start.
In Friday evening’s spring game at Shoemaker, you could see the energy and passion his team gave as the Blue team defeated the White team 16-7.
The teams were divided evenly by the offensive and defensive coordinators before the game.
Foreman will begin his first year at the new Shoemaker head coach after spending five seasons as head coach and athletic coordinator at Class 5A Beaumont Central.
“It’s been a great spring,” Foreman said. “Today, everybody got to play in the game and, overall, we got a lot better from Point A to where we are now as a team.”
Over 130 players suited up in Friday’s game.
The Blue team was led by quarterback JaDarius Quarles, who completed 3 of 6 passes for 22 yards. Receiver Tiji Paul caught a 2-yard touchdown pass from Quarles to start the scoring.
Mi’idris Guy led all rushers for the Blue squad with 33 yards on six carries.
For the White team, Jaylen Dixon scored a touchdown and rushed for 37 yards on three carries.
Cameron Bausley added 23 yards on six carries.
Going into the summer and two-a-days, Foreman expects the defense and team morale to be the strength of the team this year.
“We will rely on two- to three-year starters such as Nathalohn Nanai, D’eante Goffney, William Hooper and Darrell Crowder to hold it down until we get into the district part of our schedule,”Foreman said. “We have a lot of people back on defense and I count on them to be leaders for the rest of our team.”
Foreman said that, as of now, there is no clear-cut No. 1 quarterback on the depth chart, but he likes the way a few of his guys are competing for that spot.
“We truly have four guys competing for the position right now. I thought JaDarius (Quarles), Mark (Walker) and Kevin (Mial) looked good tonight, but Xavier Callaway wasn’t here tonight.
“I thought those three looked really good tonight, but they have a lot of work to do also.”
“The cupboard isn’t bare. I have a lot of guys to choose from at that spot.”
The defense Friday was led by Khenan Meriwether and Goffney, who each had two sacks.
“Once we get a full summer and have two-a-days under our belt, with the spring we just had, I really like our chances going into our first game against Nuevo Leon,” Foreman said. “The sky if the limit for these young men who have given me everything I could have asked for in just a few months.”