When new All Saints coach Mike Hall arrived on campus last spring he noticed a good collection of athletes, but had a major question mark at quarterback.
After nearly two weeks of practice, Hall has himself a quarterback or three and he’s feeling good about the upcoming season.
Bishop Gorman transfer Matt Brunson, a sophomore, has earned the starting job under center, though junior William Alexander expects to take some snaps throughout the year as well. And yet Hall said he’d be just fine if freshman Chet Wynne were his only option, though Wynne will be allowed to gain experience on the JV team this year.
“We feel good about all three quarterbacks we have,” Hall said. “The question marks that I had have been answered.”
The Trojans, who began their school year on Thursday, will cap their first two weeks of practices with a scrimmage today at Cross Roads at 6 p.m.
Learning a new system under Hall and despite the switch to independent status that will keep All Saints out of any postseason, the Trojans are enjoying the new football season. Senior captain Merritte Greene said the mindset now is much more positive under Hall.
“Last year was like a task to play; now it’s fun,” Greene said. “I’m enjoying it, but I’ve always enjoyed football. Last year I don’t remember having as much fun as I did this year — about this time I’d be wanting to quit already. Now I just want to get started more.”
The Trojans, as independents, won’t have a district schedule to look forward to, but they’re working harder than ever to prepare to win every game on their schedule.
“This will be the first time we actually do real work during two-a-days,” Greene said. “Last year all we really did was stand around. This year, there’s never a time where I’m just standing there not doing anything. There’s never a time when someone’s just standing there watching. They’re always doing something.”
Players and coaches appear to be enjoying the preseason.
“I’m very pleased to be here,” Hall said. “The community has really welcomed us and the new coaches that are with me also feel the same way.
“We’re excited. It’s a good time to be a Trojan.”
All Saints, which will also scrimmage Mount Enterprise next Friday, won’t be the only TAPPS team in preseason action today. Grace Community will host Frankston and Elysian Fields at Clyde-Perkins Stadium starting at 5 p.m.; Bishop Gorman will receive a visit from Winona at 6 p.m. at McCallum Stadium; and Bullard Brook Hill plays Malakoff at Herrington Field at 7 p.m.
“While I’m the offensive coordinator I’m excited to see how Friday goes,” Hall said, “I’m really excited to see how the defense does against someone else as they get a chance to swarm and go all out.”
2012 All Saints Schedule
Sept. 1 Timpson* 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 7 at Union Grove 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 14 at Beckville 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 21 at Bishop Gorman 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 28 Union Hill 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 5 Dallas First Baptist^ 7 p.m.
Oct. 12 at Colmesneil 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 19 at Honey Grove 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 26 Quinlan Boles 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 2 St. Stephens# 7 p.m.
* — Tyler Football Classic at Clyde-Perkins Stadium
^ — Homecoming
# — Senior Night