Standing 6-foot-4, 170 pounds, Tyson Sackman possesses the physical characteristics of a quarterback who could find his niche at the high school level.

All the Edinburgh sophomore lacks is varsity experience.

That will come soon for Sackman, the Lancers’ projected starter behind center when they open the season at home against Brown County on Aug. 18.

Sackman played football from fifth to eighth grade, but sat out his freshman season.

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“I did go to some games last year,” he said. “I look forward to playing in the games and seeing the crowd. And I’m excited for the brotherhood we’re forming as a team.”

Edinburgh is coming off a 3-7 season in which it averaged 12.5 points a game and was held scoreless in two of its losses (the other five setbacks produced all of 43 points).

Once the Lancers’ signal-caller from last season elected not to play, first-year coach Jason Burton felt it imperative for his staff to begin developing a quarterback who could potentially serve as the anchor to future success.

Senior fullback Zach Murphy and freshman tailback Austin Streeval are expected to lead the Edinburgh ground attack. Among those Sackman will throw to are senior Dillon Simpson, junior Hunter Dean and sophomore Dakota Balthazor.

Burton is optimistic Sackman can grow into being a solid quarterback for his program.

“To me, it’s about looking for consistent development. Tyson is a good kid. A hard-working kid,” Burton said. “Looking at his frame and his overall athletic ability, I’m really excited.”

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Mike Beas is a sports writer for the Daily Journal. He can be reached at mbeas@dailyjournal.net.