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The Grant County High School football team closed out the month of June with a solid performance, giving fourth-year head coach Mike Davis much to look forward to when his team continues its practice in July.
The Braves defeated both Paris High School and Carroll County High School twice in a passing league held at GCHS on June 23. Grant County entered the dead period on June 25 and will remain unable to conduct practice until July 9.
"We looked good and threw the football well. We had some good moments offensively, and there's some stuff to work on defensively. I am very pleased with how we did this month, and I was able to see us progress and get better. We have a few kids playing new positions, but I feel confident in our ability to throw the football right now," Davis said.
The passing leagues are designed to give teams work on both offensive and defensive schemes without linemen, running plays and tackling.
One constant this summer has been the play of senior quarterback Joe Soden.
A season ago, Soden was trying to learn the offense, having inherited the quarterback position after moving up from the junior varsity team. Last year, Soden guided the Braves to a 6-4 record and feels more comfortable under center thus far, according to Davis.
The numbers this summer prove Davis' theory, as Soden has thrown only six interceptions in the month of June. In addition to Soden's performance, the Braves have gotten strong play out of several players including Tyler Haar and Matt MacAdams.
"We have had some nice surprises this summer," Davis said.