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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Bulldog offense sharp

  • Both QBs play well for Bulldogs in St. Clair Jamboree.
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  • The Rolla High School football team still doesn't have a starting quarterback.
    And the Bulldogs may enter the season using the position as a time-share.
    But if Friday's St. Clair Jamboree is any indication, it appears the squad can move the football with either senior Joe Drallmeier or sophomore Kyle Morris behind center.
    The Bulldogs scored a total of four touchdowns against some quality competition at the St. Clair Jamboree.
    Missouri prep football teams have been using jamborees the week before the season-opener since 1997. On Friday Rolla tangled with Jefferson City Helias, Poplar Bluff and host St. Clair.
    Each school ran 12 offensive and 12 defensive plays against each of the other three schools, starting from 40 yards out. Two sessions were held on each side of the field at the same time.
    Rolla finished 1-1-1, tying Helias one TD each, losing to Poplar Bluff 2-1 and shutting out St. Clair 2-0.
    In its first session, against Helias, RHS scored a one-yard TD from Drallmeier. The Bulldogs' second possession against Helias reached the five yardline before running out of plays.
    Helias also scored on a one-yard run, from junior Dustin Tomblinson. Rolla senior lineman Jacob Banholzer recorded a QB sack against the Crusaders.
    Against Poplar Bluff Rolla got its TD on a 15-yard run, again by Drallmeier. Rolla's second offensive possession ended at the 12 yardline before running out of plays.
    The Poplar Bluff Mules scored twice against the RHS defense, on a five-yard run by senior Jake Pulliam and on a five-yard run by junior Bi Nguyen, the second score coming against the Bulldog junior varsity unit.
    And in the final session against St. Clair, Rolla scored on an 18-yard TD pass from Morris to senior wideout Jason Hill and, after a seven-yard pass from Morris to junior running back Andy Satulla, on a two-yard run by Drallmeier.
    Satulla also added a 32-yard run against St. Clair. Defensively the Bulldogs forced two fumbles to end St. Clair drives, one going out of bounds and the other being recovered by RHS junior Holden Pierce.
    RHS head coach Willie Howard was pleased with his squad's performance.
    "I thought we looked crisp on offense and we tackled on defense," said Howard, who leads RHS into its season-opener at Lebanon on Friday (7 p.m.). "And everyone who played is still healthy, and that's a success in a jamboree."
    Howard said neither Morris or Drallmeier hurt their cause in the battle for the starting QB derby.
    "I'm pleased offensively with the way we looked," he said. "We were able to line up in a lot of different looks and run a lot of plays and be successful. Both (quarterbacks) played real well. I think we'll have packages for each of them on Friday.
    Page 2 of 2 - "Defensively we had a couple of guys out, so other guys were in different spots they weren't used to. But I thought we still looked good."
    Three regular Bulldogs didn't compete in the jamboree. Senior running back/defensive back Ben Maples has turf toe, but should be ready for Friday. Senior receiver-defensive back Marquis Reece and junior fullback-linebacker Brandon Sparks both have separated shoulders and their status is still unclear.

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