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Posted: Saturday, May 28, 2011 4:11 am

Chase Anderson has been Michael Cummings’ center for the last two years.

The junior will play both guard and center next season, but the quarterback behind him will not be Cummings.

The two vying for the spot put on a show of what Anderson said were both of their strengths Friday in Killeen’s annual Maroon-White spring game at Leo Buckley Stadium.

“Devarri (McCray), he’s a good quarterback. He’s more the type to be explosive when he needs to,” Anderson said. “But in Garrett (Gaskamp), when he gets going, you just can’t stop him, he’s one of those quarterbacks. As soon as he gets going, he can do big things.”

Gaskamp was 6-of-7 for 112 yards with three touchdowns, two to sophomore Robert Sylvester, in leading the Maroon to a 20-13 win. The freshman also ran for 89 yards on eight carries, including a tension-relieving 56-yarder that started the roll Anderson was talking about.

“I was kind of nervous at first — it was my first varsity experience. After that, everything just fell into place, everything was easy-going after that,” Gaskamp said.

He threw touchdown passes of 6 and 62 yards to Sylvester, the brother of graduating receiver Da’Juan Sylvester, and a 15-yarder to Myles Hill that gave the Maroon a 20-6 lead with 1:06 left in the game.

McCray, a sophomore varsity back-up last season, was 8-of-20 for 85 yards, but was easily at his best on White’s final drive.

He completed both of his pass attempts, including the 6-yard touchdown throw to returning receiver

Ricky Pelzer, and ran twice for 37 yards on the four-play, 70-yard drive that took less than a minute to complete.

“We’re probably going to start with two and do what they do best,” Killeen coach Sam Jones said. “There are certain plays I think one can do and I think there are certain plays the other can do. I think it’s a great competition right now at the quarterback position and a bunch of other positions, too.”Behind an experienced offensive line that was split between the two teams, the incoming running backs also showed their worth.

Junior William Mathews had 66 yards on 21 tough carries for White and Victor Scott ran for 24 yards on eight carries for the Maroon, including 22 yards in four carries on Maroon’s scoring drive. McCray added 82 yards on six carries.

“I already had experience last year so I wasn’t really fearing anything. I was just ready to get out there and show what I can do, really,” Mathews said. “The offensive line, they’re looking well. I really believe they’re going to open up some holes for me.”

Rasheed Dashiell, a sophomore transfer from Harker Heights who will miss the first three games of the season because of the UIL’s transfer policy, was 2-for-4 for 47 yards, including a big 32-yard completion to Tyrone Thompson.

That set up Gaskamp’s first touchdown throw to Sylvester that gave Maroon a 6-3 lead with 2:54 left in the second quarter.

Gaskamp’s 62-yarder to Sylvester came on Maroon’s first play of the second half and gave his team a 13-3 lead.

“It felt good. When the ball was in my hand, I just knew that nobody could stop me,” said Sylvester, who had five grabs for 110 yards and the two touchdowns. “It’s a lot of pressure (being Da’Juan’s little brother) to a certain extent, but I know that I’m going to be the best person I can be and just me.”Marvin Harrison’s second 30-yard field goal for White cut Maroon’s lead to 13-6 with 5:46 left in the game before Gaskamp and Scott mounted their final scoring drive.

“It’s pretty good competition but I think that makes me better coming out everyday and practicing against them,” Gaskamp said of the quarterback battle. “Today, I knew that I had to show off today to get a spot, at least be seen. I know I’m seen, but at least get a better shot at varsity next year. I think I did that today.”

 

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