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Football: Boyd ‘backers to split role

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, August 23, 2014

Going into the season, the Boyd Yellowjackets are planning to use two different players in the middle of their defense.

Boyd coach Brandon Hopkins said Friday after the team’s second scrimmage that Adam Harkness and Colton Batterton would split time at the middle linebacker spot in their 4-3 defense.

“We’re still using both Adam and Colton,” Hopkins said. “We will also be looking to use Colton some on the outside.”

The two went through fall workouts competing for the opportunity to replace three-year starter Garrett Ragsdale, who had 97 tackles last year.

Batterton, a senior, is moving to linebacker from defensive end. The junior Harkness played on the Boyd junior varsity last year.

“Both are doing a real good job,” Hopkins said.

Transfer Colton Meadows received some consideration at middle linebacker. Hopkins said he will play at outside linebacker.

The Boyd defense allowed one score late against Lake Worth Thursday and shut out Red Oak Life in their set.

Offensively, Boyd found the end zone five times on the night. Boyd hit on three big plays behind running back Qualynn Wells.

“We had three plays of 60-plus,” Hopkins said. “We have the chance to hit home runs a bunch.”

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