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August 9, 2013

CCS Warriors’ Horton eyes playoffs, players talking championship

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While the Brazeal cousins bring speed, Horton said he has found his workhorse back in Bradshaw.

Horton seemed excited about the possibilities that came with Bradshaw as his starting running back to compliment the Brazeals.

“Behind this line we’ve got, if we hit our blocks and stay on them, there isn’t anybody that’s going to stop us running down the field,” Horton said. “We can beat ourselves, but that’s what we’re trying to work out over the next two or three weeks.”

Horton seemed equally optimistic about his options at quarterback. New addition Landon Payne – son of Mineral Wells High School Athletic Trainer Cliff “Doc” Payne – is expected to be the starter under center.

Despite an ankle sprain early on in camp, Horton said he has been impressed by Payne’s arm strength and mechanics.

“The big thing for him is just learning the position,” Horton said. “From a talent standpoint, I don’t have a question about his arm strength, he looks really good there.

“We just have to work on a few footwork things. We’ll find a way to use Landon’s arm one way or another. It’s too good not to use.”

Horton added that, if needed, Noah Dowdy was capable of starting at quarterback.

Horton said the Warriors’ first scrimmage against six-man powers Zephyr and Woodson next Friday at Zephyr should make for a pair of very telling measuring-stick games.

Once Payne gets time against a live defense – and a talented one at that – Horton will have a much better idea of his capabilities.

In addition, Zephyr’s well-documented quality of spread offense should exploit the CCS, whose biggest liability is spread defense, according to Horton.

But Horton expects the exhibition games to be a learning experience, first and foremost.

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