DENTON — Ryan Newsome is going to get a lot of touches from a myriad of positions this season for Aledo.
That’s never been a secret. Bearcats coach Tim Buchanan has made that clear since Newsome transferred in from Hurst L.D. Bell last spring.
Friday’s scrimmage against defending Class 4A Division I state champ Denton Guyer offered a glimpse of what could be. Newsome lined up at receiver, running back and quarterback Friday and succeeded at every spot.
Newsome scored twice in the scrimmage; once on a 10-yard run when he lined up at running back next to quarterback Luke Bishop, and later on a 75-yard sprint when he slid behind center.
“I saw Daythan Davis, a big guy, had a great block. I knew if he didn’t get him, I think I would of been able to run past him anyway,” Newsome said. “I just saw the lane and I knew nobody was going to catch me.”
Davis not only paved the way for some big runs for his teammates, but he gashed the Guyer defense on several carries.
The 6-foot-2, 225-pound senior is making the switch to the backfield after playing linebacker a season ago. He’s a bruiser with good speed for his size and serves as a great compliment to game breakers Jess Anders and Newsome.
Davis also gives them a great short yardage and goal line option and defenses will be tired of tackling him by the fourth quarter.
Anders was limited to just a couple reps Friday, but did flash his speed on an 11-yard run.
“Neither team could put first downs together in the first 20 plays, then in the game-type situations we did a lot better,” Buchanan said.
How ’bout them apples?
Aledo senior receiver Taco Anderson, who caught 25 catches for 476 yards and four touchdowns last season, missed Friday’s scrimmage, but had good cause. Anderson was attending a baseball camp at Harvard in Cambridge, Mass.
“We’ve known about it all summer long. He didn’t want to go and I told him, ‘it’s a practice, you can go, it’s more important,’” Buchanan said. “It really worked out good because we got some kids a lot of reps at his position.”
In addition to being a standout two-sport athlete at Aledo, Anderson also holds a 4.0 GPA and scored a 32 on the ACT. This trip isn’t his first up to Boston as he has family in the area.
“I love both football and baseball but baseball is my main sport and I’ve been talking to Harvard for awhile,” Anderson said Saturday. “The first camp I was going to go to got canceled and they invited me to this one, so I came up here.”
Anderson said he threw a couple good innings Saturday morning in a game at the camp and topped out at 90 miles per hour. He’s also looking at Holy Cross and Brown.
“It’s really important to me because I want to go to a good academic school and play baseball. I’d really like to play at an Ivy League school,” Anderson said.
One runs out of superlatives to describe Denton Guyer quarterback Jerrod Heard.
The Texas commit and 2012 Class 4A Division I state championship Offensive MVP looked noticeably bigger Friday then he did last season. The dual-threat quarterback also wisely chose not to tuck the ball and run during the scrimmage.
Heard did look sharp in the passing game, especially on a 49-yard bomb which set up a six-yard touchdown throw three plays later.
Jarret Johnson, 817-390-7760
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