Vidor quarterback Eli Simmons takes pleasure in Vidor’s bodily model of play – Port Arthur Information

VIDOR – Being a quarterback for the Vidor Pirates is different than playing under most programs under the center. In today’s game, quarterbacks typically throw at least 20 passes, with the high-end being around 50 per game.

At Vidor, the quarterback is asked to do a completely different job and would be lucky enough to throw 20 times in a season.

After playing the corner last season, Eli Simmons will take the lead for the Pirates and their triple option offensive this fall.

Eli Simmons, right, demonstrates a fake during Vidor’s summer practice. Chris Moore / The News

The pirates’ style of play regularly requires the quarterback to play the ball and play fakes that make him vulnerable. The triple option has a lot of backcourt movement to confuse the defense as to who has the ball. In the summer, the offense focuses on the counterfeiting of the forgeries and the exact timing of the rash attack.

“I’m going to be a completely different kind of player,” said Simmons. “I can block, run and throw. Other quarterbacks can step back and throw. Vidor quarterbacks have to go out and hit someone … I love it. People say we should throw more, but as Coach puts it, it will work. “

Vidor head coach Jeff Mathews said Simmons has taken over the team’s summer training.

“He’s an incredible leader,” said Mathews. “He leads through what he says and through what he does. In practice, when we deliver our fakes we tell them to run to the hash and he’ll run 5 meters past it. Because he raises the bar, so do everyone else. “

The quarterback said leadership was always a given, but the change of position added gravity.

“Everyone looks at me differently as a quarterback,” he said. “I have to get louder. If I don’t say anything, most of the time nobody would do it. “

Simmons comes from a Vidor soccer family. His eldest brother played quarterback for the Pirates in 2013 and his other brother played fullback a few years ago.

“Since my older brother played quarterback in college, that’s been all I wanted to do,” said Simmons. “The coach finally gave me a chance so I hope I can follow in their footsteps.”

After finishing last season 2-3 in the district and finishing fourth in the playoffs, Simmons said he is ready for the Pirates to take a leap this year and win the district title and make his mark on the program. The quarterback is confident in his team’s ability to make a deep playoff push.

“I want to be a team leader and make sure I will be remembered in Vidor,” he said.

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The game book is expected to be slightly open today as McNeese State plays at Cowboy Stadium for the third time in the spring preseason.

First year head coach Frank Wilson and his staff aim to build on last week when the offensive scored a goal in big games but struggled with third losses during a controlled, situational battle.

“We’ve had our share of big runs and passes. We also need to be able to service the drives,” said Wilson. “I think we have the potential to be a dynamic offense.”

Two weeks into the season, McNeese wants to make sure it is ready for the playing conditions. After this week, the cowboys will be working on their first enemy, Tarleton State.

“This is still so much about us,” said Wilson. “We want to keep focusing on ourselves. We’ll turn our attention to Tarleton after Saturday.”

Most importantly, Wilson said he was looking for his team to continue growing as a physical club. He continues to preach that about McNeese. He wants his team to play fast and hard.

“We want to be a lot more aggressive,” said Wilson. “This is great for us because it will be physical. Our DNA is based on tenacity, on competition.”

The late morning scrimmage consists of 15-minute halves and a situational game.

This is a group that is still learning from each other. With the pandemic and two hurricanes, the cowboys and coaches couldn’t get to know each other as well as most teams.

That means these scrimmages are the best way for coaches to learn what their players can and can’t do and teach them their new system, Wilson said.

“You forever learn your team,” said Wilson. “There is a lot of untangling. We find out what players can do against live balls. We keep learning our team and adapting to our staff.”

Wilson also pointed out that the starting positions work themselves out, although unwilling to name a depth map. This will show as groups continue to play together and in certain situations.

“That picture is starting to clear,” Wilson said of the rotation. “These players have to play with each other for chemical reasons. There are fewer moving parts now.”

If there’s one thing the coaching team is looking for, Wilson said, it’s finding depth for the shortened seven-game season. The Cowboys have lost 21 players since Wilson last year, and many of them have entered the world of work.

While the numbers could fall, Wilson said McNeese is getting help from solid transfers and incoming newbies for the fall.

Wilson said he will add a few more pieces to the puzzle on Wednesday, traditional national signing day.

“We weren’t sure how it would play out this year, but we’re excited about our additions,” said Wilson.

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Strategy meeting

When the inevitable is imminent, the DH subtracts some NL-style game art, especially when it comes to removing a pitcher. The manager no longer has the prize hitter’s escape hatch. It’s all about the mug, everything about the phone call Shildt thought was the most difficult.

“There are many great opportunities for strategy in NL play that not only dictate this game, but how you progress through this game can affect the next few games,” Shildt said. “I love this strategy, the way it looks. I’m not overly optimistic that we may ever return to the National League game. But I want to give the Heisman (stiff arm) as long as possible. “

Pitching decisions, pitching options, and preferred pitching matchups are an integral part of Shildt’s pregame meetings with his trainer.

Last year the staff came to the stadium five hours before the first pitch, four or five hours later than usual. On the first day of a series, the coaches go through their areas of responsibility and describe the development of trends and the characteristics of the opponent. Bullpen coach Bryan Eversgerd, for example, calls up the left-handers and provides some reports on how their things play specifically against the opposing players.

Shortly before the game, Shildt, Marmol and pitching coach Mike Maddux meet to plan the game. They will discuss how to see a possible matchup for right-handed Ryan Helsley in the fourth inning or seventh, for example, and how to deal with the same matchup when they are sixth or eighth deficit. The goal is to script possible outcomes for the game, let helpers know when to use them, and prepare staff for the decisions they are likely to make.