Archive for Thursday, September 7, 2000

Soph QB learning

September 7, 2000

Lansing- DeSoto quarterback Greg Francis had some anxiety going into his season-opening game last Thursday at Lansing.

The Wildcats started the season with a new head coach and a new offense. Oh, and Francis is a sophomore. Make that a sophomore with no previous game experience as a quarterback.

"I was really nervous before the game," Francis said. "Once we got into it, everything fell into place really."

Despite trailing 20-0, Francis threw a 27-yard touchdown pass, but the play was called back because of an illegal man downfield.

Still, Francis and the rest of the Wildcat offense was able to put

together a legitimate touchdown drive in the fourth quarter. The sophomore quarterback threw a 29-yard touchdown pass and capped off his first game with a run, a two-point conversion that followed DeSoto's lone touchdown.

Francis, said it was somewhat strange directing upperclassmen and switching plays as quarterback, but he also thought the offense responded well to him.

"I just try to be encouraging," Francis said.

The Lions won 64-8, but Francis saw a silver lining in the first game.

"I was upset that we lost, but we proved our system worked on offense," Francis said."One play will make another play work better."

DeSoto coach Brad Scott also saw promise in his young quarterback.

"He played his heart out," Scott said after the Lansing game. "He picked up so much offensively."

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