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Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 10, 2006

The Selma Times-Journal

With the first game of the season less than two weeks away, Central Christian Academy has some questions to address.

An offensive line with two players that have never suited up is one issue.

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After having a concrete quarterback situation coming into the start of practice, the Warriors now find themselves looking at a pair of potential play callers.

And then there is the schedule. Although no one this year particularly intimidates CCA, new coach Lee Holladay knows unfamiliarity is a dangerous thing.

“I haven’t been coaching in private schools in so long, so I’m not familiar with the strengths and weaknesses of the 1-A league,” Holladay said. “I know Autauga Academy is always strong and Shelby Academy is always strong … The kids’ attitudes are good. They’re ready to play. They can’t stand it anymore. They’re ready to play and anxious to get started.”

Latrell Carter was set as the team’s No. 1 quarterback earlier this summer, but transfer Taurus Richardson is giving him competition for the job. Either way, Holladay said the No. 2 will see substantial time on the field as a receiver and on defense.

“Latrell has a better idea of what we’re doing; he’s been out there,” Holladay said. “But it will not be long before Taurus Richardson will be there.”

Despite the inexperience among the offensive front five, the Warriors have what Holladay calls three quality linemen – including center Sean Baxley.

Only one safety has game experience, but a pair of quick – albeit undersized – cornerbacks anchor the secondary.

One place CCA does not have any worries is in the backfield.

Tailback Eric Curtis and fullback Brian McCrary will provide a potent 1-2 punch.

The spread offense the Warriors will be running this year will let both the running game and passing game feed off each other.

“The receivers are picking up on the scheme pretty good,” said assistant headmaster and receivers coach Darrell Walker. “They’re coming together. If they’ll mesh together, we’ll have a good team and the passing game will open up the run game. We should have some of the best running backs on the 1-A level.”