Broncos ready to hit the ground running with new QB

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The Legacy football team is coming off a 4-6 campaign in which it won only two district games, but head coach Chris Melson doesn’t sound like a coach coming off a losing season. You can hear in his voice that he’s ready to improve on last season and that he feels he has the squad to do it.

“We had an outstanding offseason, from November to May,” he said. “We got bigger and stronger in the weight room; we really developed and we really grew. We probably got more accomplished than we ever have in the past.”

One of the glaring concerns for Melson and the Broncos entering spring drills was the departure of senior quarterback Brady Burke, who accounted for all but 41 yards of the team’s passing last season. Enter former receiver Terrance Ivery, who will move from wideout to signal caller this fall.

“It’s always scary,” Melson said of having to replace a quarterback, “But we think we’ve found one.

“He’s got some strengths that we’re really going to try to build on,” Melson added. “He’s really athletic and can run the ball really well. With him back there at quarterback and Kijana Amous (994 yards, 15 touchdowns last season) at tailback, defenses really can’t key on one or the other. I think he’ll be very hard to handle for most defenses.”

Speaking of defenses, that was a major focus of the Broncos the spring. Melson said they decided to simply the scheme.

“We talked to Katy High School about how they ran they ran their 3-4 and asked a lot of questions. We really tried to zone in on our defense.

“We felt like we had one really good linebacker coming back with Michael Sanders. Defensively upfront, we needed to find out who those three guys were and our other linebacker and we feel like we found all four. We feel really good about our front five in our 3-4 defense coming out of the spring. It could be the best defensive line we’ve ever had.”

Melson also speaks in superlatives about another group of players – his wide receivers.

“We feel like our receiving corps is as strong as it has ever been and feel really good about those guys.”

Specifically, he mentions Josh Conrad, Bryson Sheffield and Gentry Ivery, the brother of quarterback Terrance, who will essentially be filling his sibling’s vacated roll as a slot receiver.

Spring drills culminated with the Broncos’ spring game, and Melson was again encouraged by what he saw.

“We saw our kids on the field without coaches. They were lining up and communicating and getting signals,” he said. “All those things are very positive. We saw what we wanted to see. So as for the offseason and spring ball, I’d say mission accomplished.”

In fact, Melson feels it went so well that he’s having trouble stopping for summer break.

“I am excited. I’m excited for all our coaches and players. I’m looking very forward to the fall of 2013. It’s been a good offseason. I’m just sad that we can’t practice tomorrow. The kids keep improving every day and I just want to keep going. We’re ready to roll.”

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