By Clay Fowler

Killeen Daily Herald

Shoemaker only bolstered hopes of a breakout football season in 2004-05 with an encouraging showing in their first live action, a scrimmage Saturday with Cedar Park.

Now it's time for some of their own medicine.

The Grey Wolves will host a scrimmage at 7 p.m. with Lancaster High School today, who boasts a spread offense similar to their own, matching speed with speed.

SHS allowed a single touchdown to Cedar Park's conventional attack while the Grey Wolves first offensive unit, led by juniors Keith Smith and Chris Poullard, quarterback and running back respectively, scored their only two opportunities, marching 70 yards in each instance to do so.

Lancaster's option-based offense will give Shoemaker a different look in testing the speed of the defense to the outside.

"That's how we planned our scrimmages," Shoemaker head coach Ken Gray said. "We wanted to get some different looks and try to prepare our guys for anything. We'll see some of what Lancaster will run from the teams in our district this year."

Lancaster, hailing from south of Dallas, finished the 2003-04 season with a 3-7 record, winning two of their five district games. in 14-4A. They return six starters on offense and four on defense including 6-5, 220-pound linebacker/tight end Herman King who runs a 4.6-second 40 yard dash.

Senior quarterback Antron Broom (6-1, 175, 4.6) and senior running back Chad Washington (6-1, 205, 4.5) will lead the fast-paced Lancaster offense.

The SHS secondary, fresh off a three interception performance at Cedar Park, apparently still has some work to do.

"We just want to be a better team this week than we were last week," Gray said. "We need to do a better job covering people and we've still got to fine tune some things on offense."

Today's scrimmage will be the last tune-up for the Grey Wolves before their season opener at Del Valle Sept. 3.

"This is the time of year where practice gets a little boring. They're fired up to play Lancaster," Gray said. "These kids can't wait to start the season."

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