Greenback tweaking the Seymour package in spring
By Matt Mencarini | (email@example.com)
The key to Greenback High School’s success in the fall may not be the result of squeezing even more production out of one of its most important players from the last two seasons. It might be the result of more ball distribution and a new wrinkle in the offense.
Last season, quarterback Hogan Goodson and running back Richard Seymour, according to head coach Justin Ridge, accounted for 80 percent of the Cherokees’ offensive production. Seymour, the returning half, has been a major contributor for Greenback dating back to his sophomore season, but Ridge isn’t necessarily looking for him to take on more in his final year.
“It’s not really what we’re looking for out of him,” Ridge said. “It’s what we’re looking for out of everyone else.”
Ridge said he would like to rely on Seymour less and be able to use him in new areas and schemes, like in the slot or at wide receiver, to add a wrinkle to the offense without having to add to the playbook. He would also like to give Seymour more opportunities to get the ball out in space.
Making small tweaks to the offense and option schemes will have multiple advantages for Greenback. It’ll help lighten the load on Seymour by involving additional running backs. It’ll give defenses a few more weapons to think about and a few more looks to prepare for during the week. And it’ll also let Seymour showcase skill sets he might use at the college level.
Ridge said Seymour could easily transition to a slot receiver in college and might even be better suited for that than a between-the-tackles running back.
“Jordan Anderson is a sophomore who has had a really good spring,” Ridge said when talking about other backs that will have a chance to contribute. “He’s a home-run threat we’re looking at beyond Richard.”
Senior Justin Edwards is also getting looks at running back and Ridge said he might be the second-fastest player on the team.
“We had a good spring, (but there were) a couple of injuries,” Ridge said. “The main thing is we feel like we got better at what we do and had a good look at filling in a few spots at quarterback and middle linebacker.”
Ridge and his staff will have to find replacements for Goodson and Brooks Talley. Both graduated and will play college football next season, Goodson at Union College and Talley at Maryville College.
“Its going to be tough to (replace Goodson),” Ridge said. “But we do have three guys vying for the spot: Dillan Jones, who tore his ACL, Eric Anderson and Sammy McCloud. Eric is very similar to Hogan, feet-wise. He’s a senior and he’s switching from running back and wide receiver. Samuel is just going to be a sophomore, but he’s a big, physical kid. He’s a quarterback, so he’s used to running an offense and he’s accurate with the ball.”
Ridge added that he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of using multiple quarterbacks when the season starts.