Lowery encouraged by first scrimmage

By | July 31, 2016 5:41 am

After three days of official practice, the White County High School football team hit the field Friday for their first scrimmage during the Jerry Lowery era of Warrior football.

Fans circled the WCHS practice field standing or sitting in chairs and many lined Allen Drive with some sitting in the back of trucks to check out the scrimmage. In addition to the Warriors, Clay County, who is coached by former Warrior head coach Dickie Brown, and Bledsoe County, competed in the scrimmage. The format was each team was on offense for 15 minutes against another team’s defense. Then they would alternate with each team getting to go on offense and defense against each other and there was also some junior varsity work.

First-year head coach, Jerry Lowery, commented on the overall scrimmage, “I left the field encouraged, yet by no means satisfied with what transpired at the scrimmage.”

The Warrior defense was the first to take the field against the Clay County offense. The WCHS defense dominated that 15-minute session. They did not allow any push by the Clay offense at all and hardly picked up any positive offensive yardage. During that time, Jeremiah McCurry picked off a Celina pass.

The first time the Warriors went on offense, it was against the Bledsoe County defense. WCHS had three big yardage runs during that session, one each by Chris Richmond, Jake Shockey and quarterback, Logan Swoape. However, after getting the ball deep into Bledsoe territory, the drive stalled down in the red zone for several plays and then the clock became an issue. After several more plays, the Warriors did get the ball down to the one, but time ran out on that possession.

The offense had a solid series against Clay County. On the first play, Swoape completed a pass over the middle to Kendrick Leftwich. After bobbling the ball, he was able to haul it in and carried it all the way down to around the 10-yard line. Dawson Ogletree would score a touchdown from there. Shockey and Leftwich both broke long touchdown runs during that same 15-minute session. The fourth and final touchdown of that series was on a five-yard keeper by Swoape. That touchdown was set up by long runs from Richmond and Justin Farris.

The second team defense took the field first against the Bledsoe County offense. Bledsoe scored on a touchdown pass. The first team defense came in then against Bledsoe. The visiting Warriors put together several plays and then completed a pass down to the three-yard line. With time running out, Bledsoe went into hurry-up mode and scored two plays later just before time expired on that session.

The junior varsity offense went against Bledsoe’s defense. A Jeremiah McCurry pass was intercepted and then he completed a pass to Will Griggs, but time ran out before they were able to score.

Then in the junior varsity offensive session against Clay County, McCurry ran a long touchdown on the first play. He added another long touchdown run and then Griggs had a touchdown run as well.

See Monday’s print edition for the rest of the story.

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