Graham's scrimmage against Denison showed this year's team has the pieces to be a contender at the 4A level.

The Steers first-team offense moved the ball fairly easily throughout the night, scoring three times against 5A Denison.

An experienced offensive line showed its physicality, which made quarterback Landry Turner's job easier. Turner found his targets with consistency and hit Hunter Baca for a touchdown in the red zone.

“Their defense is just bringing heat and I thought our offensive line did a good job of protecting the quarterback,” head coach Kenny  Davidson said. “I thought our quarterback did a good job of throwing the ball.”

The running backs also benefited from the offensive line as each one barreled through for gains of about four to five yards each time. Hagan Hughes punched in the Steers' first touchdown from about two yards out.

The offense was by no means perfect though. The offensive line allowed the Denison defense into the backfield, Turner overthrew a few receivers and the running game stalled at times.

But overall, offensive coordinator Casey Dcaus liked what he saw.

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“We're on the right track,” Dacus said. “Breaking in a new quarterback, anytime you do that takes a little bit of time to get everybody on the same page. But Landry's doing really, really well, and we're really excited about it.”

On the other side of the ball, the Steers focused on spacing, technique and staying with assignments.
Defensive coordinator Clay McChristian thought the defense did their jobs well and gave the coaches a good feel for the defense's abilities.

The defense had to replace two linebackers, the nose tackle and a safety, but, McChristian said, new players have stepped up to fill those roles. The 7-on-7 season helped the defense get used to the system, so now the focus has shifted to tweaking coverages, McChristian said.

Read the full story in Wednesday's Graham Leader.