The timing may be right for Mesa Dobson’s Cody Lewis to take the reins of the Mustangs’ offense.
Lewis, the starting quarterback for last year’s 6-4 club, underwent shoulder surgery in the spring and was officially released to play four days ago.
“Cody had work done on the rotator cuff and he’s been throwing short stuff for the last couple days,” Dobson coach Tom DeMassa said. “We’re pretty sure he’ll be able to go in our scrimmage (Aug. 17) against Gilbert and be ready for the first game (Aug. 24 vs. Tempe Corona del Sol).
The flip side to Lewis’ absence was the passing league experience gained by fellow senior and backup Nathan Walker.
Coach Mike Gibbons said the Chargers will implement a running-back-by-committee to fill the void left by Mack Martin, who ran for 1,414 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior last year.
His brother, Malcolm, who had 28 receptions for 633 yards and six touchdowns in 2006, will get some action there but will stay mainly at wide receiver.
“We’ll move him to tailback at times, but I don’t think he’s the type of guy that can handle 25 carries per game,” Gibbon said of his 5-foot-10, 157-pound wide receiver. “We’ll do it by committee. It’ll be some guys that play defense, too, so we’d like to keep everybody fresh.”
Field and stadium renovations are close to completion, but there’s still a little worry in Tim McBurney’s voice.
The Bears are widening their bleachers, adding 1,000 seats on the home bleachers and approximately 700 seats on the visitor side, which would bring stadium capacity to between 4,000-5,000.
They’ve also expanded the press box and laid spots of new sod.
In addition, one of the team’s practice fields has been flooded by recent rains, so the three teams have shared two fields, in which the freshmen and JV teams share one and varsity fills the other.
“It’s supposed to be done August 20th,” McBurney said. “They guaranteed it.”
As for a possible contingency plan: “I’ve heard rumors,” he said. “I don’t want to talk or think about it.”
McBurney said it’s had no effect on his team’s practices.
The Bears had their intrasquad scrimmage on Thursday, and are expected to host Gilbert Highland for a scrimmage on Aug. 16.