QUANAH, TX (KAUZ) - Saturday, our high school Training Camp Road Trip continues in district seven, 1A division two with a look at the Quanah Indians! They're coming off a district title last season. And looking to build on that in year-two under coach David Fambrough.
The Quanah Indians are ready to go for a second-straight district title in 2016. They pulled off a bit of a surprise last year. Now they're in a mostly-Texoma district which looks like wide-open.
"It's a very competitive district, said second year coach David Fambrough. "All teams in it are capable of winning the district, so it's going to be, every night, who can make the least amount of mistakes and make things happen."
The biggest key for the Indians will be finding a quarterback. They've had a great run the past few years, with Clay Robertson and Mayson Leija leading a high-flying passing attack. Now, it's an open competition.
"We've had a good run of quarterbacks, Fambrough said. "And we've got a lot of kids that are going to be trying out for that spot, and we're looking at a lot of different kids."we're going to have to find that diamond in the rough, and we're going to start by putting some of our better athletes there, and see if they can handle the job and get it done."
One of the options is last year's top running back, Chris Jackson. He gained nearly a 1,000 total yards, scoring seven touchdowns. He says if that's the way it goes, he's happy to slide over.
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"Quarterback, it'll definitely be different, says senior Chris Jackson. "Of course, i'm used to running back, but anywhere i can go that'll help us."
"He's a great running back, Fambrough said. "He's a big kid, strong kid. Has a great vision, so we're really excited about him. You know, if he does wind up at that quarterback, then he'll obviously be running the ball quite a bit." \
"Being able to run the ball more, get more yards, you know it'll help us out a lot, Jackson said. "It'll be different, but i think i can do it."
On the other side of the ball, the Indians will have a fast, experienced defense that should keep them in most games.
"Our biggest strength, i think, is team speed, Fambrough said. "And having eight kids that were on the field in our last playoff game coming back."
"For the last couple years, we've just had a lot of the same people, said senior lineback Rylan Reese. "And it really helps us, because we get to know each other, and know how we play."
"That's a good feeling, Fambrough said. "As a coach. And you know, my defensive coordinator, coach Coleman, he feels the same way. We're going to be, hopefully, a fast team and a team that'll get after it. You know, when you talk about defense, that's one of the keys, is having kids that'll fly to the football."
"We keep up. We're fast, Reese said. "We're everywhere they are. It helps. We're very fast, all over the ball."
Jackson sees this defense every day in practice, so he knows what they can do.
"We have some really tough kids that know what they're doing, Jackson said. "They love defense, they love to knock heads. So, they can hit pretty hard. They just know what they're doing."
The Indians open the their season at home on Friday, August 25th, as they host the City View Mustangs.
Monday night, we' will start week 2 of our previews with a look at the Electra Tigers!
Quanah Indians 2016 Schedule
Aug. 26 vs City View, 7:30
Sept. 2 at Seymour, 7:30
Sept. 9 vs Windthorst, 7
Sept. 16 at Memphis, 7
Sept. 23 at Shamrock, 7
Sept. 30 BYE
Oct. 7 vs Petrolia, 7*
Oct. 14 at Haskell, 7*
Oct. 21 at Archer City, 7*
Oct. 28 vs Quanah, 7*
Nov. 4 vs Munday, 7*