Prep Football: Boyle coach Larry French said younger players have earned, will see more playing time
Boyle County quarterback Casey Whittle (4) will start this week against visiting Dixie Heights, coach Larry French said. But French said several younger Rebels have earned their shot at more playing time this week. (Clay Jackson / September 13, 2012)
Is Boyle County (1-3) ready to do the same?
Not yet, Boyle coach Larry French said. But French let it be known that some of the younger Rebels would be seeing playing time against the Dixie this week, and maybe even longer.
“I think it’s one of those things where they have earned playing time and they’re going to see the field,”¿French said. “They’re earning their way onto the field and they’re proving they may be better players than the ones out there. We’re going to put the best players out there to give us the best chance to win.”
French said he’s not doing it just to spur on his veterans.
“If it doesn’t spur them on, it’s going to spur them off the field,”¿he said.
Where there won’t be a change as of now is at quarterback, where Casey Whittle is going to start this week after being replaced by freshman Josiah Robbins last week.
“As of now Casey is the starter, but Casey needs to settle down and play well for us,”¿French said. “He knows the offense and he’s got a strong arm. And he’s been nursing a knee (injury) also. I think Casey’s going to be fine.”
But French also wants to make sure he gets the athletic Robbins on the field in some capacity.
“Josiah has seen the field a little bit, and I think he’s going to play plenty,”¿French said. “He’s going to see the field, let’s put it that way.”
Dixie (1-2) is coming off a 33-31 win over Conner last week. The Colonels lost to Newport Central Catholic (37-22) and Covington Catholic (54-0) before making a change at quarterback during their bye week.
Sophomore Drew Moore took over at quarterback and Seth Caple was moved to running back. Dixie was down 24-7 to Conner before a two-hour lighting delay last week, then rallied to win.
“They showed a lot of offense (last week). The first couple of weeks they were in the shotgun, and liked to throw it all over the field,”¿French said.
Against Conner, Moore was 17 of 24 passing for 167 yards and a touchdown and rushed four times for 95 yards and three more scores.
“He’s got good legs and can run and throw, he puts a nice touch on the ball,”¿French said of Moore.
Caple rushed for 95 yards on 23 carries.
“He’s a power back. He can get them some tough yards,”¿French said. “And (Moore) likes to throw the ball to (receiver) Casey Cox and (tight end) Andrew Hedger. He can really go up and get the ball. And they have a couple of quick backs in Joe Radenhausen and Darion Washington.”
French said the Colonels came out in the I-formation last week and played power football with some play action passing thrown in.
“We have to try and prepare for both (looks) and hopefully we can tackle better and block better this week,”¿French said.