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Ragsdale steps up: New signal-caller looks to fill role

By Clay Corbett | Published Saturday, May 18, 2013

For the second straight season the Boyd Yellowjackets are having to groom another starting quarterback – and it appears they are off to a good start.

Garrett Ragsdale showed Thursday during action at the Wise County 7-on-7 league that he’s capable of moving the team efficiently down the field.

NICE GRAB - Boyd's Chris Carmona makes the catch as Decatur's Cory Durdon defends during 7-on-7 at Decatur Thursday. Messenger photo by Kelly Guess

NICE GRAB – Boyd’s Chris Carmona makes the catch as Decatur’s Cory Durdon defends during 7-on-7 at Decatur Thursday. Messenger photo by Kelly Guess

The senior-to-be went 16-for-22 with four touchdowns in a 42-28 win over Decatur in the Yellowjackets’ final game of the day.

Ragsdale is no stranger to the position. He picked up a lot of valuable information while backing up Jared Cate his sophomore season and Blake McDonald last year.

Mainly leading the defense from his middle-linebacker position, Ragsdale is having to adjust to playing both ways.

“It’s a whole different story,” he said about his new role. “Playing both sides of the ball is something I haven’t done since my freshman year.

“I’m just working hard and studying the play book. It’s starting to come a little bit easier.”

He certainly looked like the starter in the win over the Eagles, as he led the Yellowjackets to touchdowns on all four of his possessions.

Seth Wallace took Boyd down the field for scores on the other two possessions.

Ragsdale knows there are still a few things he needs to work on before fall.

“Conditioning, for sure, and reading the defense,” he said. “I want to try to dissect the defense a little bit better.

“My timing and chemistry between my receivers is coming along pretty easy.”

With a versatile Ragsdale under center and the return of Fino Cardona, the Yellowjackets should feature another potent offensive attack.

READY TO GO - Decatur's Grayson Muehlstein winds up to throw the ball during the Eagles 7-on-7 game Thursday in Decatur. Messenger photo by Kelly Guess

READY TO GO – Decatur’s Grayson Muehlstein winds up to throw the ball during the Eagles 7-on-7 game Thursday in Decatur. Messenger photo by Kelly Guess

MUEHLSTEIN PREPS FOR SENIOR CAMPAIGN

Decatur’s Grayson Muehlstein threw the ball well Thursday, but some stalled drives and an interception cost him.

The TCU commit finished 11-for-16 with four touchdowns and an interception in the Eagles loss to Boyd.

“It went pretty good,” he said about the Eagles’ performance. “We didn’t execute as well as we could have. We’re still trying to rep our plays and get used to them.”

Muehlstein said he had good timing with his receivers throughout the evening.

“That was one of the better things we did today,” he said. “It helped us on a few touchdowns that we had. The timing is getting there with all the practice we’ve been doing.”

Muehlstein, who took all the snaps at quarterback, says there are a couple of things he’s trying to fine-tune as he prepares for his second season as the starter.

“I want to get my completion rate up and practice my mechanics,” he said. “The game is slowing down for me. It’s not as fast anymore.”

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