New era for CHS football
Shane Quilling took over the Carson High football program in March but officially the Quilling era began on Monday, when the Senators held their first spring practice for the upcoming 2001 season.
Absent were the pads but that’s not what these practices are for anyways, according to Quilling, who was an assistant coach on the Carson freshman team last season.
“There’s just a lot of teaching going on during these practices,” Quilling said on Thursday, the fourth day he’s been able to spend with the team. “There’s not much else we can do because we can’t put on the pads. But we’re teaching the basics and fundamentals.”
Quilling replaced Bob Bateman, who stepped down after eight years with the Senators.
In 2000, Bateman’s last year, Carson went 5-5. The Senators ended its season with a 49-7 loss in the first round of the Northern 4A playoffs to eventual state champion McQueen.
But it seems that the days of Bateman’s heralded Wing-T offense, which he stuck with religiously, may be gone.
And while Quilling doesn’t plan on exactly going to a west coast offense, he does anticipate a more wide-open attack.
For now, he’s going with a true option offense.
“He (Bateman) left a good foundation, a good base, so we’re not exactly starting from scratch,” Quilling said. “But I don’t think that running the ball all the time works. Eventually, the other team’s defense will figure you out.
“But I don’t plan on throwing it 30 times a game, either. More like 15 to 20.”
Josh Carter, who had a breakthrough year under Bateman last season, is looking forward to the Senators’ new look on offense for next season.
“I don’t think it’s such a bad thing that we’re getting a new offense,” said Carter, who rushed for 1,012 yards and 10 touchdowns last season.”I think passing the ball a little more should help this team.”
Along with doing away with Bateman’s offense, Quilling also has approached practices differently.
“He’s really enthusiastic and get’s us motivated,” Carter said.
That, however, might be vital as Quilling and the Senators only return a total of three offensive and defensive lineman, a necessity for success at any level of football.
“We’re a little thin on the offensive and defensive lines,” Quilling said. “But as far as athletes go, we should be right there with the rest of the teams.”
Quilling, however, isn’t steadfast in his option offense.
He said that personnel will dictate what kind of offense Carson will ultimately go with.
“I had one team that rushed for over 2,500 yards and another that passed for over 4,000 yards,” Quilling said. “But I’m in a ideal situation here. There’s only one high school in Carson, so all the talent we need is right here.”
Carson opens the 2001 season with Elko.
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