Warriors fare well during their first scrimmage of season
By Andy Southard | July 30, 2018 10:22 am
After getting in one full week of contact practice, the Warriors finally got to hit someone other than each other, as they traveled to Jackson County for their first scrimmage, on Friday morning.
The Warriors were finally glad to hit players in different colored jerseys, and that was evident when they hit the field. The defense was flying around, making lots of contact early and setting the tone for the scrimmages.
Since football ended last October, this was the first time the team got to play someone other than each other. After one week of working against each other, it was time for other teams to see how hard the Warriors had been working for the last seven months.
The day started with both teams lining up with just their linemen, quarterbacks, and running backs. The other side would line up with a defense and try to stop them.
Both the Warriors and Jackson County had some good plays and some bad plays on both offense and defense. Neither team seemed to hold a definite advantage.
The next session the two teams went through was seven-on-seven. Just like in the first session, the Warriors and Jackson County would both have their moments where they would look outstanding, but there were also times when both teams would have their moments where they would struggle.
The last session the two teams went through was an actual scrimmage. The two teams would go two series where both sides would get 10 plays each and try to score. Both teams would then let their junior varsity teams get a set of 10 plays each. The two teams would finish up the scrimmage with both sides going through two series of down and distance.
On the first set of 10 plays, the Warriors would open up the plays with a big play from Allen Shoupe. Sedryk Leftwich would find Shoupe on a screen pass for a 20-yard gain. The Warriors would get close to scoring but would run out of plays before they could find the end zone.
On the Warriors’ second set, the Warriors would find the end zone twice. Leftwich would find Will Griggs on the eighth and ninth plays for touchdowns.
Jackson County would get down to the 20 yard line on their first set of 10 plays. However, DJ Paul would intercept a pass on the five yard line to keep Jackson County from scoring.
On the Warriors’ first set of down and distance plays, the Warriors would get down to the two yard line, but couldn’t punch the ball into the end zone. The big play in the series came when Leftwich would find Nathan McCalister over the middle for a 15-yard gain.
On Jackson County’s first series, Jackson County would pick up two first downs. However, the Warriors would get a sack on fourth down to end the drive.
On the Warriors’ second series, the Warriors would move the ball all the way up to the 20 yard line. On first down, Leftwich would drop back and find Griggs over the middle for the touchdown.
The Warriors’ defense would then come up with a big stop on Jackson County’s third play. Jackson County would try to make a pass down the field, but Hunter Pope would jump in front of the route and would pick it off to end the series and the scrimmage.
After the scrimmage, Coach Jerry Lowery had this to say about the scrimmage, “I felt like the boys are progressing as seen from their play during the scrimmage today. We did a better job with our assignments and routes. We still need to continue to work on a few things and clean some stuff up moving forward, but I was very pleased with our coaching staff and the players. You could see big differences today in how our players are improving by everyone getting reps in practice. The mistakes we made are all correctable, and we will go back and watch the film and get a better look at what we did wrong. Overall, I was pleased with our effort and play during the scrimmage. It is something we can build off, and we need to continue to get better.”
The Warriors will have another full week of practice this week before they head down to Cumberland County High School for their second scrimmage of the year. See Thursday’s Expositor for the time and place of the scrimmage, on Aug. 3. The Warriors will get their season started Aug. 17, at Livingston. The Warriors’ first home game will be Aug. 24 when they take on Warren County High School.