Lancers QB learns from experiences

Regardless how Edinburgh’s football season plays out, Lancers quarterback Tyson Sackman already has won.

The sophomore has learned plenty during his first year as the starting quarterback for a winless Class A program.

“People say you learn more from losses than you do wins, so I just try to use it to be better next season,” Sackman said. “I’m more comfortable in the pocket now and better at sensing pressure.”

Through six games, Sackman has completed 64 of 137 passes for 720 yards and five touchdowns. He’s also thrown 13 interceptions, but he says at least four of them are from simply launching the ball deep downfield when defensive players are in pursuit.

“I need to learn to be more coachable,” Sackman said. “I need to learn to throw the ball out of bounds or at a receiver’s feet.”

Edinburgh hosts Class A power Eastern Greene on Friday.

Sackman twisted his right ankle in the team’s 46-22 loss at South Decatur in Week 5, sitting out the second half. Now healthy, Sackman has at least four games remaining this season to improve.

Lancers coach Jason Burton said he believes he will.

“Tyson is starting to settle in and become comfortable playing quarterback. He’s getting better at reading coverages and making pre-snap adjustments,” Burton said. “He has stepped up each week and made plays for us.

“The scoreboard has not reflected his overall impact on the game each week. Tyson is on pace to be well over the 1,000-yard mark this season and is going to continue to get better with time.”

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