Prairie View Q & A
Football is here for MAIS schools. Prairie View held its first official practice Monday evening.
Quarterback Jacob Farrar, running back/linebacker Austin Carroll, lineman Gage Riles and wide receiver/defensive back Layton Woodard shared their thoughts on their approaching senior season prior to taking the field.
Prairie View enters its first season of 8-man varsity football. Carroll and Riles played 8-man as eighth-graders at the JV level. For Farrar and Woodard, the 8-man game is all new.
BDE: What was the most fun part of your summer?
Jacob Farrar: About every two weeks, we would play volleyball at the house and spend time together as a family.
Austin Carroll: Our family went to the beach at Panama City. We had a big condo all to ourself, and went out and ate every night.
Gage Riles: I went to D'Arbonne with my mom (Stephanie Conville) and watched the fireworks, and I went to Panama City to the beach.
Layton Woodard: I went to the beach in Gulf Shores with the family.
BDE: What do you like and dislike about 8-man?
Farrar: It's a little too early to tell. One thing I don't like is all the open space. You're not going to be able to miss a tackle and have somebody to back you up.
Offensively, you have more space to throw and more room to run.
I maybe played two games at quarterback at Beekman, so it's a new experience for me. I have a lot of learning to do.
Carroll: One thing I don't like is there are three less people, so you have a bigger area to cover and a there is a lot more running involved. It's more of an offensive game than a defensive game. There's a lot more scoring involved.
I'm going to be playing running back this year, so the extra space could work to my advantage.
Defensively, I'm playing free safety/linebacker. I can play back or I can move up in the box. I'm kind of the last resort type of guy.
Riles: What I like is it's more fast-paced. You have to do a lot less thinking than in 11-man.
What I don't like is there's more running involved, and it's more one-on-one. In 11-man, it's more of a team concept.
Woodard: I like the fast tempo. I've never really played 8-man before, so I don't know what I dislike.
BDE: Which teammate is going to be the biggest surprise this season?
Farrar: Austin Carroll is moving to running back this year. He has always played great defense, and I want to see what he can do running the ball. I feel like he's going to be an animal at running back.
Carroll: We have a new player, Greg Tatum from Beekman. I've heard he's a great athlete. I've been watching him in practice, and I think he's going to help us a lot.
Riles: Jack Clement, an eighth-grader, has been really physical. He's surprised me. He's one of the better young guys we have on the line.
Woodard: Sully Edwards, a freshman. I think he's going to step us and help us out at receiver.
BDE: Which game are you most looking forward to this season?
Farrar: Probably Briarfield. It's our homecoming game and they won the state championship last year. I'm ready to see what they have.
Carroll: Briarfield because they won state last year in 8-man. I think they're going to be one of our biggest rivals. They used to be one of Prairie View's biggest rivals back in the day.
Riles: I would have to say Briarfield. I think they are going to be a great challenge for us on homecoming night. They were the state champions last year, and I think it's going to be a good, competitive game for us.
Woodard: WCCA. We've played them the last two years, and I don't like them.