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State-champ Rams look good in 6-man preseason scrimmages Saturday

Sep 4, 2013 - By Randy Tucker, Sports Writer

The opening weekend of the high school football season doesn't count against the final playoff standings, but Dubois still fared exceedingly well in 6-man exhibition action against Saratoga and Farson. The three schools played each other round-robin fashion, with each team facing the other for one period.

Dubois has a lot of returning experience this season and still rides the crest of the state championship wave from a season ago. The Rams had few problems with either the Pronghorns or the Panthers.

Saratoga drops from 11-man football to 6-man for the first time, and the Panther coaching staff continued to make adjustments during the game that was more of a controlled scrimmage with coaches remaining on the field.

Farson has struggled in recent years but is a much better team this season.

"Farson is much improved, with a lot more speed. They'll be a handful for some teams. We were able to do what we needed to get done," Dubois head coach David Trembly said. "We scored a couple of times and stopped them, it was a good weekend."

The Rams are blessed with blazing speed again this season in senior Sterling Baker and junior Rowan Hawk. Dubois has size as well, with Walker Carrico and Austin Tharp both 6-4 or taller. Rounding out the top seven positions are Nathan Moore, Kurt Leseberg and Cage Walker.

Not everything on the opening day went like clockwork.

"We need to work on communicating during our Wyoming formation," Trembly said.

Monte Baker returns to assist this season, while Jason Horn and David Saltzman split time between the middle school and high school teams.

Dubois opens the regular season at home this Saturday with an 11 a.m. contest against Normative Services.

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