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Quarterback battle brewing at Station Camp

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Sophomore QB Max Barnett follows through with a pass as teammates look on. PHOTOS BY RUSSELL VANNOZZI

GALLATIN- The Station Camp High School football team was back on the practice field Tuesday morning, gearing up for what should be an interesting preseason slate. The practice consisted of intra-squad 7-on-7 drills as the Bison prepare to take part in two passing league games next week.

"We're throwing the ball around and taking things slowly," Station Camp head coach Shaun Hollinsworth said. "That's what this first week is about. We're really focusing on conditioning - that's our main goal right now."

The Bison have several storylines to watch as their Aug. 18 season opener approaches, but none more important than the impending quarterback battle. Two-year starter Tyler Thompson has graduated and moved on to play baseball at Carson-Newman, leaving senior Nick Nelson, junior Braxton Loewen and sophomore Max Barnett in a three-way battle for the starting job.

"Those guys will be battling it out," Hollinsworth said. "All three are capable of running the offense. We're trying to figure out what those three guys do best to put them each in a position to be successful."

None of the three have significant high school varsity experience. Nelson sat out the 2016 season with an injury, while Loewen served as a backup. Barnett was a standout for the freshman team and as a member of the varsity basketball squad.

Re-zoning mandates from the Sumner County Board of Education allowed several players to transfer, including senior standouts Sirtavious Perry (Gallatin) and Kaemon Dunlap (Beech). Perry played on both sides of the ball last season, while Dunlap rushed for over 1,000 yards.

"We lost a lot of good skill players last year," Hollinsworth said. "Across the board, it may have been one of the most skilled groups we've ever had. Those are big shoes to fill, but hopefully our line will be a strength and we have several backs that run well."

Station Camp will hit the road early next week for 7-on-7 matchups, before donning partial pads on Wednesday. The Bison will face Wilson Central in Lebanon on Monday morning and then travel to Trousdale County on Tuesday afternoon.

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