Timberland young guns reload

  • Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Dan Brown/Independent Bernard “V.A.” Harmon is a key cog in the Wolves defensive machine.

On Friday, the Timberland Wolves get to put aside all the talk between the 2012 season and the upcoming 2013 season and have at it.
“We’ve heard all summer how we’re young, how we’re down but teams come up against us this fall thinking that, they might get their feelings hurt some,” said THS Coach Art Craig.
Timberland surprised everybody, including their coach, with its play this summer, winning the Wilson 7-on-7 tournament, and convincingly winning scrimmages against Cane Bay and Woodland.
“We played very well against Cane Bay and Woodland,” Craig said. “Our defense is young, just two sophomores and two juniors on the line.”
Craig’s youngest son Wyatt Craig bookends one defensive end slot while fellow junior Johnelle Brown anchors the other. “Wyatt and Johnelle have done a great job this summer keeping the game inside,” the coach said. “We’ve surprised a lot of people this summer.”
The Wolves are throwing the ball.
“I tell you this, by the time the season is over a lot of people are going to know the name Ryan Hood,” Craig said. “He’s got an arm and he knows his reads. He’s going to surprise a lot of people this fall.”
Craig said he has geared his team’s offense towards his quarterback’s arm. Against Woodland Craig said Hood completed 18 of 26 passes in the live-action scrimmage.
“This is new for us, throwing the ball more,” Craig said.
Hood’s primary targets will be Shamel Williams, Bernard “V.A.” Harmon, Matt Gabel and Wyatt Craig.
“We’ll still run the ball, but we do plan to open up our offense more,” Craig said.

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