The Duncan Banner

June 17, 2014

Comanche holds 7-on-7 games

John McKelvey
The Duncan Banner

COMANCHE — Every Tuesday Comanche is holding a series of 7-on-7 games versus local high school football teams.

It’s part of a new era of thinking for Indian football as first-year coach Micah Mashburn decides who to start in what spots.

The games are a great way for Mashburn to isolate the skill positions and determine who his key athletes are. Plus it’s another chance for him to work with his players to help them become better football players.

“It’s a huge advantage for us,” Mashburn said. “It follows up on spring ball. We installed as much as we could and now we’re adding stuff to it. It really helps our kids out.”

Part of the advantage for Mashburn is that it allows his starting quarterback, senior Alex Hinshaw, to work with the receivers. Mashburn said getting Hinshaw in sync with his receivers will help Comanche when it starts the season.

“We can install 100 different formations and 100 different plays, but the kids need reps after reps working with each other, getting their timing down,” Mashburn said. “Knowing when and where to throw the ball to this receiver and then another guy might be totally different, they get to see these things.”

Hinshaw started off last season as the starting quarterback but was unable to keep the job from Hunter Rice. After Rice went down with an injury, Hinshaw had to fill towards the end of the season. Hinshaw said that he’s learned a lot from losing the position and getting it back. He wants to perform better this year.

“Last year didn’t go quite as well as I hoped,” Hinshaw said. “It’s nothing new to start. I’m looking forward to Velma week again.”

Mashburn said he’s letting Hinshaw make some more decisions in the backfield. With Hinshaw’s experience and his superior knowledge on the field, Mashburn wants to give Hinshaw the opportunity to surprise him in a good way. That means a lot to Hinshaw.

“Not to the point that I’m running the show, but he was going to loosen the reigns to the point that I might have some input into some things,” Hinshaw said.

Comanche moves up from Class 2A to 3A this season. It will be in a district with Marlow, Sulphur, Madill, Plainview, Lone Grove and Dickson.

The Indians face Velma-Alma, Tishomingo, Frederick and Meeker in its non-conference games.