By Matthew Girard

Killeen Daily Herald

The first stage of what the Shoemaker football team hopes to be a state playoff run in 2007 was completed Friday as the Grey Wolves closed out their spring season with the annual spring game at Shoemaker High School.

Shoemaker coach Ken Gray said he and his team accomplished what they set out to do at the beginning of spring practice.

"The biggest thing has been the chemistry amongst the kids, and the intensity and focus they have brought every day to practice," Gray said. "I'm really excited about our chances and I'm really excited about the improvements that we've made."

Although the scoreboard was turned off, the Grey Wolves' freshmen through varsity squads ran through 25-30 plays during the hour-long spring game, with the varsity offense scoring twice and the varsity defense creating two turnovers.

Quarterback Andre Smith was a part of both scores as the senior-to-be ran for a score on an option and later threw a 60-yard touchdown pass between three Shoemaker defenders.

Gray said he is excited about his offensive skill players heading into next season.

"I thought our skill kids really shined," Gray said. "Lyvell (Marzett), Andre (Smith) looked good and the guys that we are going to count on looked really, really good. Our skills kids were skill kids today and I was really excited about that."

Gray said Shoemaker's 2007 spring season has been one of the more enjoyable spring practices he's had.

"The kids have been excited, they've been fun to be around, they've been busting their tails and they have really gotten after it this spring," he said.

The Grey Wolves will open their 2007 season against cross-town rival Killeen High School on Sept. 7 at Leo Buckley Stadium.

Despite Gray being excited about the upcoming season, he said he knows the summer will be important for his team.

"I told them, This (spring practice) was great, but we need to carry this over to the fall,'" Gray said. "I think if they're in strength and conditioning and in the weight room this summer and they show that commitment (over the summer) then we will be fine as a ball club."

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