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Dundee Scots' backfield has speed and toughness

DUNDEE—The Dundee Scots football team has a backfield that any high school coach would love to call their own. The Dundee backfield includes amazing speed, toughness and the ability to execute from three experienced veterans.
Thomas Pratt III will be Dundee’s quarterback. A senior, Pratt saw action last year as a backup. It was Pratt, however, who threw a touchdown pass in the Western Regional championship game against state champion Maple Grove. Coach Sheldon Gibson commented that Pratt has one of the best follow-throughs of any quarterback around. “Most quarterbacks will drop back and hand off, but Tommy doesn’t turn around and watch what happens. He is a complete player and a student of the game.”
Steven Webb is a senior this year. He plays running back and linebacker. Webb has added weight, muscle and speed. Last year, Webb was the Section V Class D player of the year, the Finger Lakes West player of the year, second team All-NYS, first team All-FLW running back and punter. Webb amassed 1,004 yards last year on 90 carries. Gibson stated, “Webb’s running is just awesome. He is so strong. In all our practices, even full speed, Webb has not been taken down yet.” In the scrimmage at Penn Yan last Saturday, Webb had several break-aways.
Ryan Ballard, also a senior, completes the backfield and also is the back-up quarterback and a linebacker. Gibson stated, “Ballard is one of the best all-around players in Section 5. Like Pratt, he is a student of the game. He takes it all in and executes.” Last year, Ballard was the Sectional defensive back of the game and first team All-FLW linebacker.
Protecting Pratt, blocking and opening the holes for Webb and Ballard will be returning offensive linemen Patric Perez and Jesse Jayne. Gibson stated, “That’s 500 pounds protecting our quarterback and opening holes and on the other side of the ball, going after the opposing quarterback and plugging holes.” Also on the line will be Kyle Woodard at 240. Anthony Tiffany is the Scots center. Tiffany is 250 lbs.
Cody Gilbert returns to the Scots as a tight end and a linebacker. Gilbert has “beefed up” according to Gibson, weighing in at 220 lbs. Gilbert was first team All-FLW linebacker last year. Dustyn Thompson returns as wide-receiver and linebacker. Thompson, a senior, was second team All-FLW linebacker last year.
According to Gibson, most of the Dundee players play offense and defense. Adding to the offense this year will be Webb’s younger brother, Tony, and Jeff Mullins. Either is a threat to break open for big plays and can compliment the starters. “T-Webb and Mullins will be right there, ready to play, as will Kyle Spinks. Spinks played in the Regional Championship game against Maple Grove and caught a touchdown pass from Pratt. Max Gorton, a sophomore, will be playing running back and linebacker.
Gibson stated, “This team will be fun to watch. They are students of the game, as well as athletes. I am amazed at their dedication.” After Saturday’s scrimmage, Gibson admonished his players. “What you saw today is what you will be seeing all season long. Staring Monday, we will be working to get better. We played fairly well at times, but we didn’t ‘light up the field.’ Each of you needs to look inside yourself and figure out where you want to go this year.”

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