First Impression: North Mason looking to competeAugust 21st, 2012 by jeff graham
Much like the Seattle Seahawks, North Mason’s football team is having a quarterback battle of its own.
The two contenders are sophomore Daniel Burggraaf and senior Levi Rowland. Burggraaf saw time last season as a freshman, while Rowland played on the offensive line and defensive secondary last season.
North Mason coach Jeff Bevers isn’t ready to name a starter, but feels both quarterbacks have the ability to get the job done.
Quarterback was an area of concern last season for the Bulldogs, who went 1-9. Tommy Renne began the year under center, but transitioned to running back after the Bulldogs were shut out in their first three games (Renne’s passing totals were pretty ugly: 15 of 61 for 374 yards with three touchdowns and 10 interceptions). On the ground, Renne finished with 749 yards and eight scores.
On Tuesday, Renne sat out the last half of practice after bruising his right knee, but feels he’ll be ready for the team’s opener at Sultan on Aug. 31.
Bevers, who estimates his team turned the ball over five times a game last season, said experience and athletic ability should keep the Bulldogs more competitive this season. The coach said his players are move familiar with the Flexbone offense (last season, he figured the team only ran a third of the playbook) and are fully aware of their past ball security issues.
Defensively, the Bulldogs need to stop giving up the big play. I’ll leave you with this nugget. In every one of North Mason’s 10 games last year, on the opponent’s first offensive play of the game, the Bulldogs allowed a gain of 60 yards or longer. Every single game.
Maybe that’s why Bevers is running the defense this year?