SULPHUR — In early July, slightly more than 75 percent of the story is written.
As Jacob Reames prepares for his senior year, he can’t flip back to pages that detail earlier high-school exploits in a search for clues that will help ease his transition on the football field.
In the final chapter that formally began Thursday, the opening day of 7-on-7 passing camp at Agee Field in Sulphur, Reames’ story features a plot twist. While the Dickson Comets lined up against three district foes — Madill, Plainview and the host Bulldogs — Reames took snaps at quarterback for the first time.
“I think it went pretty well, being my first 7-on-7 this year and having a lot of younger guys out there with us this year,” Reames said.
He had time to prepare for the occasion.
“Me and Brayden Watkins come out to our field two times a week and throw,” Reames said. “We just try to go through our fundamentals and get our timing down.”
Steve Day is the fourth different head coach for which the Comets’ senior class played. Day praised Reames, saying he’s one of the team’s best leaders.
“That’s what I look for in quarterbacks the most,” Day said.
Consequently, Day approached Reames, to ask his interest in filling the Comets’ quarterback vacancy, which existed because Miko Blancett, Cole King and Quentin Herbert graduated two months ago.
Reames accepted. “‘Sure, coach, whatever I need to do to help the team,’” Day said “That’s the kind of kid he is.”
Since the team camps at the end of May, Dickson players prioritized their focus on weight-room goals, studying the playbook and learning what coach Day expects of them.
“It took us a little bit, but I’m proud of how they’re progressing from where they were back in May,” Day said. “Their effort’s never in question. They always give good effort in everything they do so I couldn’t be more proud in that aspect.”
The regular season obviously draws closer with each passing day. Sulphur is slated to host 7-on-7 passing camps next Tuesday and Thursday.
Reames — who cited his coach’s influence for his growth under center to this point — understands the work the position requires, to, among other things, build a rapport with his skill players.
Based on Dickson’s initial 7-on-7 camp, and Reames’ first formal exposure to the position, he took a couple moments to brainstorm the lessons he gleaned.
“Working with more of the team,” Reames said. “Having more of a bond together.”
As a leader and as a quarterback, he accepts the accompanying responsibility to dictate the text that will populate the story’s latter pages.