Trenton To Take On South Harrison, Others In Jamboree
The Trenton Bulldogs will get their feet wet Friday night with a dress rehearsal of sorts at the jamboree, held this year at South Harrison High School in Bethany. Trenton will join the host South Harrison Bulldogs, Maysville Wolverines and Christ Prep Patriots of Olathe, KS at the jamboree.
The jamboree is not so much about your opponents and how you are going to stop them, however. Trenton will be focused almost entirely on themselves during the three sessions of football, working on executing what they have worked on all summer.
“It’s really an extension of what we did this summer at camp,” Bulldogs’ Head Coach Wes Croy said. “We learned a lot of things up at Simpson College and we’re going to see what we improved on and what individual players have improved. We want to play well and we want to execute well and be fundamentally sound. We don’t want to be making a bunch of mistakes and jumping offsides.
“We also want to get a look at two or three different kids at certain spots where we still have questions on how that playing time is going to be divided up. Hopefully, we can go over there and look like a solid football team, but at the same time have an opportunity to evaluate a few more kids than we normally do at this point in the year.”
Trenton enters the jamboree with a handful of questions the coaches would like to see answered, but the main issue will be finding depth for the season.
“Depth right now is our biggest question,” Croy said. “We feel like we have some solid football players, but you can’t go through the season with just 11 players on offense and 11 players on defense. We have to find some people who are capable of playing at a high level on Friday nights. We feel like we have a few returning from last year that are known commodities, but we also have a lot of question marks right now. It will be our first simulated game action on a Friday night, so it will give us an opportunity to see how our kids travel, how they get off the bus and how they deal with a situation where they get different fronts thrown at them by multiple defenses. Hopefully, we have some kids step forward.”
Trenton enters the jamboree with two options at quarterback with senior Chris Kurtz and junior Dalton Ellis. Ellis got some experience at the position last season, playing some Friday nights and an entire junior varsity season at the position. Both should get a look Friday at the jamboree.
“They are both going to play a little bit, because they are both going to be valuable to us during the season,” Croy said. “How much they are going to play is a question right now, and we might even play three at this point and get some reps for the third guy (sophomore Kail McCarter). That’s all still up in the air right now, but we are going to at least play the first two and see what they look like. We want to make sure they look like they are sure of what they are doing if they happen to get in the game against Carrollton the next week.”
The jamboree kicks off in Bethany at 7 p.m. on Friday.
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