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Commanders use scrimmages to fine tune for the season

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By Jimmie Earls

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The countdown is on until the start of the 2009 Washington County football season. Head coach Mark Perry and his staff are using this time to see where they stand and make any neccessary adjustments. The team played its annual intra-squad blue/gold scrimmage last Friday as a way to prepare for the upcoming schedule.

“I think we’re going to be a lot better than last year,” said senior Steven Sexton. “We’ve been working on our defense more than our offense this off-season. I think we’ve all toughened up and met the challenge that coach set for us.”

Washington County’s 4-7 record last year does not reflect the high-scoring offensive attack that the Commanders adapted in 2008. The driving force behind that offense was quarterback Joe Joe Simms, who graduated earlier this year. Who will fill that position this year is a toss-up between senior Michael Gash and sophomore Trae Abell.

“I see progress every day,” said Gash. “Trae puts up pretty good competition. We’ll take it one game at a time.”

“I’m looking off production and scoring drives,” Perry said. “I’ll go through the evaluation process with them again Friday night at North Oldham. I thought both of them moved the team well, both had a lot of positive plays. There’s a lot of factors involved, but let’s go watch them do it again Friday night and see who comes out on top and starts Aug. 21 against Shawnee.”

The Commanders’ next scrimmage takes place Friday night at North Oldham.

“They’re raring to go,” said Perry. “They’re ready to go play somebody in different colored jerseys.”

This Monday at 7 p.m., Snappy Tomato Pizza in Springfield will host a special coaches show on 100.9 MIKE FM where Perry will discuss the upcoming season. The public is invited to attend and talk Commander football.

Follow the Commanders all season long with highlights and photos each week in The Springfield Sun.