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August 15, 2010
BOERNE-- The Boerne Greyhounds hosted the Kerville Tivy Antlers in a scrimmage Saturday. As expected the coach Mark Smith's Antlers, TOC #1 rated San Antonio area 4A team, dominated the 26-3A Greyhounds. Oregon early commit QB Johnny Manziel took command of the scrimmage early in Tivy's first offensive possession.
Manziel put on quite a show. He ran with elusiveness, and he ran with power. On one play he stiff-armed his way into the end zone. He created big plays with his scrambling ability, and made all the throws you want to see in a quarterback. He is a rare talent.
Early in the scrimmage, the Kerrville defense intimidated the young Greyhounds. As the scrimmage progressed Boerne became more comfortable with the level of competition and delivered big plays on both offense and defense. The secondary delivered bone jarring hits that knocked the ball loose, and stopped drives. After a nice Greyhound drive late in the scrimmage, Tyler Knop kicked a wind aided field goal of 47 yards. It would have been good from 55 yards.
After the scrimmage Boerne Coach Dane Johnson said, "This is a really young team, and we are probably a year away." There are only ten seniors on the team. He said that the team was growing from week to week and the needed leadership is emerging. Coach Johnson cited Corey Haas for his "leadership and hard play" in the scrimmage.
Boerne is in a tough district that includes three teams, Bandera, Navarro and Wimberley, that were district champions last year. Coach Johnson is optimistic that, if the improvement continues, his team will be a surprise in district play.
Coach Johnson explained his coaching philosophy , It starts with good assistants. The assistants build relationships with the players. He learned from his mentor, Bob Ledbetter of Southlake Carroll that coaches build relationships with players, from a relationship coaches build trust, from trust coaches build character. Success comes from character. Building character in players is the goal.
Good luck to the Antlers and the Greyhounds. I'll catch up with both teams after the season starts.
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