Clear Springs linebackers take care of Manvel

Clear Spring bounced back from a disappointing loss last week on Thursday night disposing of Manvel 35-18. Junior linebackers Donnie Baggs and Trevon Randle were all over the field pressuring the quarterback and chasing the ball. Burnt Orange Beat was on hand to file this report and photo gallery.

Clear Springs didn't get their season off to the start they had envisioned last week against in a 23-17 loss to an improved Spring Dekaney team. Headed into the season, the plan on offense was to make 2008 all-district linebacker Trevon Randle into the focus of the offense at running back with talented playmakers at receiver James Cunningham and Deche Milburn rounding out a three-headed monster.

After not playing up to the defensive standard that the Clear Springs coaches demand, they quickly moved Trevon Randle back to inside linebacker on Thursday night in the 35-18 win over Manvel.

The result was junior Donnie Baggs rushing off the edge from his outside linebacker position and Randle playing downhill in the middle. That combination was bad news for Manvel junior quarterback Dexter Foreman as he was harassed the entire first half. Baggs, 6-2, and 205 pounds, had two sacks on one possession in the second quarter, added another quarterback pressure and three tackles. The safety turned linebacker also had a look at a pick six on a floated swing pass, but couldn't bring the ball in while continuing his forward movement as the Manvel running back got enough of his right arm to pull it from the football.

Randle showed his quickness playing downhill blitzing through the A gaps and chasing the football on plays outside the hashes. Randle recorded a pair of quarterback pressures and four tackles in the first half. He did show some rust s he failed to wrap up on three plays in the opening half that he has to make as the season goes on.

Fellow junior, corner Sam Richardson (5-.8, 165, 4.4), didn't get the ball thrown his way much on the night and for good reason as he possesses terrific ball skills. The diminutive, but instinctive corner returned a punt for a touchdown last week, but didn't get a chance Thursday night.

In run support, Richardson gave up his body making a pair of tackles.

For Manvel, junior quarterback Dexter Foreman completed 17 of 25 passes for 203 yards, including a 62-yard touchdown to senior receiver Saqwan Edwards. Edwards, 6-0 and 175 pounds, caught 12 passes for 207 yards and three scores on the night.

Foreman was harassed constantly in the opening half. Clear Springs registered four sacks and an additional five or six knock downs, but Foreman battled. The junior is very strong in his hips, waist and upper leg region. He is string in the pocket and kept a number of plays alive with his strength and ability to run.

As a thrower, he is at his best in the intermediate game in which he uses his plus arm strength. He has a tendency to decelerate and/or soft toss on short throws in which his accuracy is not consistent.

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