By Mike Tupa
With Blake Timmons back last Tuesday as the triggerman, Dewey High School’s passing game progressed one step closer to being ready for the fall football season.
That was the assessment of second-year Dewey Bulldogger head coach Tyler Caid following this week’s seven-on-seven passing league action at the Dewey field.
Dewey and Bartlesville High went against each other in the hour-long workout at high noon on Tuesday.
Timmons had missed the first league session (June 6) due to a vacation in Alabama.
But, he was back Tuesday and — once he shaved some of the rust off — delivered some strikes to his targets downfield.
The highlight of the day might have been his toss to Colby Rogers that turned into a long scoring strike against Bartlesville.
“The main thing I was happy with was that I thought our receivers did a pretty decent job being on the same page,” Caid said, praising them for their spacing and route running.
“When balls were catchable, I thought the receivers did a good job of making the play,” he continued. “This was probably the first time since the Lincoln Christian Camp that Blake was there and we played in that type of competition.”
On the opposite side of the ball — which include linebackers and defensive backs — Caid praised the effort and performance of his inside ‘backers, namely Drake Shull, Cole Brown and Jacob Shambles.
“I thought their play improved tremendously from the week before,” he said, adding that Shull notched an interception early in the scrimmage.
“We were better in coverage,” he added.
The Doggers are set to host their third passing league next Tuesday. In addition to Bartlesville, Barnsdall High also is slated to participate.
On June 24, the Doggers will participate in a daylong 7-on-7 tournament at Bishop Kelley, Caid said.
The final Dewey passing league session is planned for June 27.
An average of approximately 33 spectators have attended the past two Tuesday seven-on-seven encounters.
As far as next week’s passing session, Caid said he’d like to see all three of his quarterbacks — including Timmons, Chase Revard and Kevin Perry, “do a better job of making quicker decisions and the putting the ball in better windows,” he said.
Dewey is coming off a 7-4 showing last year, including its first playoff appearance since 2013.