By CLINT FOSTER
With scrimmages and two-a-days behind them, head coach Bryan Horton and the Community Christian School Warriors are confident with a healthy team at the dawn of a new season.
The Warriors open their 2013 campaign today at 7 p.m. against the non-district Johnson County Homeschool Lions at historic Miller Stadium in Mineral Wells.
Health is by far on of the Warriors biggest assets heading into their first game of the season under the Friday night lights.
CCS was ravaged by injuries last year, which included, but were not limited to, the Warriors’ top three playmakers – Isaiah Brazeal, Sammy Brazeal and Joby Bradshaw.
Now Horton said his entire squad is healthy with the exception of one sophomore.
That’s as good of a reason as any for Horton to be confident.
“I’m really happy with the team that’s out there right now. I’m real proud of them,” he said. “If we stay healthy, we’re going to look real good.
“I’ve got hard-working guys who are excited. You can’t ask for anything more than that.”
Horton debuted his 2013 team in a scrimmage last week against Houston Academy of Stephenville and Stephenville Faith – one of the best six-man teams in the state.
Horton said he was pleased with the team’s performance, especially their execution of the spread offense.
But he added there are still things they need to improve, particularly decision-making in zone blocking situations.
“Overall I was pretty happy,” he said. “I was really happy with our spread offense.
“It was a real good surprise that we were able to gain a few yards. We weren’t hitting our blocks quite as well as I wanted us to.
“[Stephenville Faith’s] middle linebacker [and quarterback] Shadd Cole, he’s one of the best six-man players in the state.
“It really presents some matchup problems. Really just decision-making is all it amounted to inside each guys particular zone as to who they went after.