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March 19, 2014

Prep notebook: AHS football focused on filling vacancies, fundamentals

lements coach cards hole-in-one; AHS, Tanner hoopsters play senior showcase

— Earlier this month Athens football coach Allen Creasy said his team will bypass a spring game to allow more time for the basics.

The Golden Eagles’ spring drills will begin May 12 and end May 23, which is six days before commencement at Athens Stadium.

“We only have 15 school days to get in 10 practices, and that includes a spring game if you choose to do it,” Creasy said. “Having only 10 days, it’s hard to prepare to play in a game even though a lot people do. We try to focus more on fundamentals and player evaluations in the spring.”

Buoyed by its 20 seniors, Athens went 9-4 last fall and advanced to the third round of the Class 5A playoffs before being eliminated by state runner-up Muscle Shoals.

AHS must replace six starters on offense and six on defense, with big holes at quarterback, defensive back, linebacker and on the defensive line.

“We have some key positions we’re going to have to fill,” said Creasy, who added he has about 45 returnees. “But we also have key players coming back and we’re going to need to build around them in a hurry.”

To replace signal-caller Stevie Farmer, he said there are “four or five players that could potentially be our quarterback, so we try not to go into spring with our minds made up.”

“We let the players take care of competing, and we’ll look at how they all perform,” Creasy said. “Every (QB) from a freshman to seniors will have an opportunity.”

He said regardless of which QB wins the job, the basic principles of the Golden Eagles’ spread offense will remain the same.

“You try to stay within the system as much as possible ... we feel comfortable with our base offense and we began to develop it a little more last year,” he said. “We want to be pretty flexible and be a multiple team.”

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