KEYSTONE HEIGHTS - With new head coach Steve Reynolds flexing a bit of air muscle via offensive coach Ken Mudge, the Orange Park High gunslinger from the Danny Green era, Keystone Heights High …
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS - With new head coach Steve Reynolds flexing a bit of air muscle via offensive coach Ken Mudge, the Orange Park High gunslinger from the Danny Green era, Keystone Heights High football had a little excitement in the air at Friday’s Blue and White scrimmage.
What was evident for Reynolds was the team’s overall conditioning and also the execution of the run game, led by tailback Cartez Daniels.
“He’s going to be a force, Cartez, and our offensive line looked pretty good with just eight days of practice,” said Reynolds. “We have the Keystone Heights size back on the offensive line, now, we as coaches have to fine tune the blocking schemes.”
As for a possible passing game for the Indians attack, Reynolds used a few swing passes and slants to loosen up the defense; with middle linebacker Trey Jeffries lurking and defensive end Garrison Teague disrupting quarterback Jackson Parmeter’s pocket.
“I saw some good solid technique tackling out there as we are not here to knock each other around,” said defensive coordinator Lantz Lowery. “They got guys on the ground efficiently which is what we wanted today. Come season time, we’ll be a little more active in our attack.”
On the edge, Wyatt Van Zant was constanly near the ball and the secondary got two interceptions; one by Brad Lowery who nearly picked six it.
The lone score of the night, which ended 7-0, was a 10-play drive sprinkled with Daniels hitting the edge and Colton Hollingsworth pounding the interior. Hollingsworth is the little brother of All State running back Dalton Hollingsworth.
“He’s just as ornery, a little smaller than Dalton, but a strong kid,” said Reynolds. “He’s in the weight room and, if he gets that growth spurt as a sophomore, he’ll run people over like his brother.”
On the ever-famous formidable offensive line, the calling card for many Keystone Heights season, Reynolds liked his beefy boys up front; Clayton Shaw, Thyler Duncan, Bryce Daniels, Brayden Wester and Luke Bacora.
“I like our size, our athleticism and they are all young guys hungry to dominate,” said Reynolds. “I’m excited to see what they can do with Daniels behind them.”