Sylvan Hills quarterback J.D. Miller looks downfield against Little Rock Christian last Friday night. (Kelly Brown photo)
Sylvan Hills head coach Jim Withrow knew that Friday’s game against Little Rock Christian would be tough, but he didn’t envision the 28-0 loss that his Bears suffered.
“Just couldn’t get anything going,” said Withrow. “Never got on track. They made some big plays, got an interception and had a short field.”
Withrow said it was clearly the worst his team had played and likely the best that Little Rock Christian had in their shortened first half of 2012.
Withrow believes his club can make Friday night a learning experience for his young club, a club he calls “a team in transition.”
“We play a lot of sophomores,” Withrow said. “We made some sophomore mistakes.”
The Bears now turn their attention toward the Mills Comets, a team that doesn’t look the way Arkansas high school look these days.
“They are a big option team,” said Withrow. “They run a 3-3 stack defense and blitz from everywhere.”
Last week’s attitude has been encouraging according to Withrow even though practice has admittedly been up and down.
While last week’s loss was “tough to swallow”, it is by no means an end to a promising campaign.
BEARS SETTLING IN AT QB
The Bears seem to be a bit chameleon-like these days, especially under center. Withrow came into the 2012 season with J.D. Miller set as his starter and a very talented sophomore backup who was planning on doubling at receiver.
But once Tra Doss got his opportunity to show what he can do at quarterback, he shined.
Doss performed well against Vilonia in a rain soaked first game. Withrow then gave Miller an opportunity to start in game two against Lakeside and all he did was throw three touchdowns in a half. That game was called off after that first half for inclement weather.
Doss also played well in a win against Newport.
In Sylvan Hills’ 28-0 loss to Little Rock Christian, neither quarterback played well.
“Never seen anything like it,” Withrow said.
No matter how enigmatic the situation, Withrow said he is leaning toward settling on Doss.
“We’ll play J.D. some at quarterback,” Withrow said.
Withrow said that Miller did express the desire to help out at receiver and has gotten work there this week in practice.
While not necessarily ideal, the Bears’ two quarterback system could prove to be an effective nightmare for opposing defenses.