Walking away from Friday’s spring game, Sylvan Hills head coach Jim Withrow had a pretty sizeable grin on his face. The reason for the grin wasn’t necessarily because of what he saw, but what he sees in the team he plans to field in the 2013 season.
“We played really well,” Withrow said. “Our defense played well at times.”
The Bears continue to have big play potential thanks in large part to the return of arguably one of the 5A-Central’s better quarterback prospects in Tra Doss.
“He is reading really well at the line of scrimmage,” Withrow said. “He’s got good composure in the huddle.”
His playmaking ability isn’t too shabby either. Doss got a 50-yard touchdown run, and a 70-yard TD pass to Tre West, a player that has been playing basketball and decided to come out for football.
“He’s a junior,” Withrow said. “He made that touchdown catch, and he made a nice catch late in the game.”
With seasoning, the combination could prove very formidable in the fall.
Withrow also was pleasantly surprised by the play of a pair of defensive linemen in Cologero Gulley and Daniel Molden.
“They were quick,” Withrow said. “Quick off the ball, and it’s been a long time since we’ve seen that kind of quickness on the line like that.”
Depth in the trenches was an issue last season, and will continue to be in 2013. Withrow does feel like he has some good starters.
“We’ve got four guys up front that are really good,” Withrow said. “We are looking for a fifth, and a couple more to back them up. We get that and we will be really good.”
Just as Doss emerged last year behind incumbent starter J.D. Miller, Withrow has a good athlete in Joseph Craft who will be a very solid backup at quarterback. Craft is a good enough athlete, however, that even if he isn’t under center, he will see playing time.
“He will definitely play in the secondary,” Withrow said. “Both of those guys do a good job reading and running our offense.”
The Bears travel to Ouachita Baptist on Thursday for team camp after playing on Wednesday in a 7-on-7 tournament.