Warriors continue their preparations for season opener

Posted By | August 7, 2017 6:31 am

Grayson Johnson breaks away on a 70-yard run, on Friday afternoon, at Clay County. Johnson had one of the longest plays of the day.

Jayden Hicks scores a touchdown, on Friday night. Hicks scored the first touchdown of the game.

The White County High School Warrior football team continued its preparation for the season opener against Livingston Academy by traveling to Clay County, on Friday night. The scrimmage was the second of the preseason for WCHS.

The scrimmage was the final tune-up for the Warriors, as they will now have the next 11 days to prepare for their Aug. 18 home opener.

Friday’s scrimmage was much like the first scrimmage the Warriors had but concentrated more on the first teams getting a lot of valuable reps. The scrimmage started with each team getting two kickoffs and two punts with no returns on either of them and then went into each team starting with the ball at their 30-yard line with three free plays and then moving into down and distance. Each team got the ball five times before turning it over to its second team. Each team would then do a goal line series with each team’s offense getting four plays from the 10 and then four plays from the five. The scrimmage would wrap up with each team getting 10 offensive plays.

In the first series for the Warriors, the Warriors would drive the ball down to Clay County’s 30-yard line, and from there Jayden Hicks would take the ball in for a score. Andrew Cantrell was good on the point after attempt. In that series, Will Griggs also had a big play, as he found room for a 20-yard gain.

Clay County would answer the Warriors’ score from when they found the end zone from two yards out. The Bulldogs, however, couldn’t convert on the two-point conversion.

On the Warriors’ second drive, the Warriors would turn the ball over to Clay County. They would then score on a 15-yard pass to take the lead 12-7.

On the Warriors’ third and fourth drive, they would turn the ball over on downs. Clay County scored on both their third and fourth drive, scoring on a 25-yard pass and a four-yard run to extend their lead to 26-7.

The Warriors, however, would answer on their final drive. Grayson Johnson would find a hole in the line and scamper for 70 yards to give the Warriors their second touchdown of the night.

In the JV portion of the game, the Warriors would find the end zone on their seventh play from the line of scrimmage when Caleb Charleson scored on a 30-yard run. Clay County was also able to find the end zone during their JV series.

When the teams went to the goal line, the Warriors would go on offense first. They scored on the first play but couldn’t find the end zone on the next three plays. Clay County scored on three of their four plays.

When the ball was moved to the five-yard line, the Warriors found the end zone on three of their four plays and held Clay County to only one score out of their four plays.

The scrimmage was wrapped up with each team getting the ball one final time on offense for 10 plays. The Warriors would move the ball down to the 10-yard line but were unsuccessful in finding the end zone.

Clay County would fare better than the Warriors finding the end zone once.

During next two weeks, the Warriors will shift into specific preparations for the opener against Livingston Academy. The Warriors will kick off the 2017 season at 7 p.m., Aug. 18, at Warrior Stadium.

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