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Prep Football - Mayer, Bagdad & The Orme School: Mayer QB Samsill coming into his own

Les Stukenberg, File/The Daily Courier<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Mayer's David Atkerson dives past an opponent during the 2010 season.

Les Stukenberg, File/The Daily Courier<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Mayer's David Atkerson dives past an opponent during the 2010 season.

The Mayer football team just finished its two-a-day training camp this week and heads into the 2011 season with high hopes for senior quarterback Grant Samsill.

"I'm hoping Grant Samsill comes around at quarterback," MHS coach Rick Lashley said. "He went to a few camps and he started to get a little better; he just needs to continue to work."

Samsill, who completed 74 of 145 passes for 1,188 yards with 16 touchdowns and six interceptions last season, was one of the team's leaders in the weight room this summer.

"His arm strength looks like it's getting a little better," Lashley said. "He was in the weight room all summer. We had a solid eight to 10 kids in the weight room this summer and he was one of the leaders."

On defense, Mayer is changing some of its schemes, along with multiple personnel changes.

"We started implementing a new defense and we are basically the same offense, but we are tweaking some stuff," Lashley said. "We've also been working on some different blocking schemes."

The Wildcats, which finished the 2010 season with a 7-3 overall record and 4-2 in the division, return running back David Akerson, offensive lineman Landon Smith and wide receiver and defensive back Lucas Coldsmith.

Mayer lost the following top players to graduation: wide receiver Demitri Campbell, running back Tre Johnson and lineman Michale Boothe.

Lashley wouldn't say whether he thought this year's team was better than last year's, but he did say, "It just depends on how the kids come out and play... We are taking it one week at a time."

THE ORME SCHOOL

The Orme School football program, which starts practice next week, will likely undergo some major changes in 2011, as former coach Ricardo Olivares is no longer with the school.

Charles Schmitt is set to take over the head coaching position.

The team also lost two of its top players to graduation in Alfonso Broom and Theo Turner.

BAGDAD HIGH

The Bagdad football program made a head coaching change this season, as former coach Danny Corbin is no longer with the school.

Brian Tate will take over the head coaching position.

The Sultans went 7-3 and 4-0 in the division last season, losing in the state semifinals to Joseph City 28-17.

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