The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

August 24, 2013

Quarterback battle at McAuley continues

By Jim Henry
Globe Sports Editor

— The battle to become McAuley Catholic’s starting quarterback didn’t become any clearer during an intrasquad scrimmage Saturday morning.

But that’s not a bad thing.

“We have a quarterback battle, and it didn’t clear up at all,” Warriors head coach Brenden Gubera said. “Adam (Robertson, a junior) and Collin (Lowry, a freshman), both of them, this is the best they’ve looked so far this year.

“We have a couple of kids who can play quarterback for us, so that’s really exciting. They have different tools. They both bring a few different things to the table.”

Collin Hughes, another junior, also saw time at quarterback.

“Collin is more of a ‘wildcat’ type, a power runner,” Gubera said. “He also plays tight end and blocking back. He runs the ball well, and he has an arm, too.”

The Warriors held their “lawn chair scrimmage” in front of several parents and fans near the Missouri Southern soccer fields.

“The biggest thing we were looking for was effort,” Gubera said. “We wanted to see our kids come out, fly around, and do things the right way. We wanted to see receivers line up in the right formations and run the right routes.

“We wanted to see our defense get lined up right, fly around to the football, and I think we did. A lot of times we had multiple pads on the ball and we like that.

“We did have some misalignments defensively,” Gubera said. “We talked about it at a staff meeting (Friday) night that we didn’t want to have to coach a lot (on Saturday). We found ourselves coaching a little more than we wanted to, but for this being 11 days in and not having a jamboree and this being our true look, overall I was pretty pleased.”

The Warriors held a scrimmage because they did not play in a multiple-team jamboree on Friday night.

“I have mixed emotions on jamborees,” Gubera said. “I like being able to come out here and do this. I like being able to watch the other teams play on Friday night, and with numbers being the way they are, you have 27 or 28 guys … we have 30 guys on our roster and 22 or 23 practicing. We’re down seven guys already. The jamboree in my opinion, you get your guys fired up and all hyped up to go out and play a scrimmage. I would just as soon they save that fire and that emotion for next Friday.”

 Next Friday is the Warriors’ season opener against Sarcoxie at Fred G. Hughes Stadium.

“Monday is game week,” Gubera said. “It’s exciting. You get chills thinking about it.

“These kids have worked hard all summer. We went to team camp in St. Louis, and we saw two inner-city schools that are Class 3 and 4 schools who fly around and play with so much energy and excitement. That’s what we wanted out of that camp, and we hung with them. Our kids are definitely capable. We hope that seeing that speed and that energy at that level will help us on Friday nights when we play teams our size.”