Warriors fare well during the first scrimmage
Posted By Andy Southard | July 31, 2017 6:47 am
After getting one full week of contact practice, the Warriors finally got to hit someone other than each other as they traveled to Jackson County for a three-way scrimmage on July 20.
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 scrimmage started with each team getting its chance to work on their special teams first. Each team would get a kickoff, a punt, and then three field goals: two from the 20-yard line and one from the 25-yard line. The Warriors’ kicker, Andrew Cantrell, made one from the 20 and one from the 25-yard line.
The next action saw the teams line up at the 10-yard line, and each had four plays with their offense to try and score.
The Warriors scored on the second play when Will Griggs took the pitch from Jayden Hicks and found room around the right side and ran it in for a touchdown, but that was the only score the Warriors could get during the goal line session.
The next session was down and distance. The offensive team would start at their 35-yard line and would have to drive down to score. To help the defense out, a team could not go for it unless they were inside the 40-yard line.
The first session was the Warriors’ defense against Jackson County’s offense. The Warriors got a fumble recovery after Jackson County picked up a first down.
In the Warriors’ first offensive series against Smith County, the Warriors would go three and out.
In the Warriors’ second defensive series against Smith County, the Warriors would hold Smith County to a three and out.
On the Warriors’ second offensive series, Allen Shoupe would run over a Jackson County player to score from four yards out. The series’ big play came on the Warriors’ third or fourth play from scrimmage when Hicks found Griggs running down the middle of the field and hit him with a pass. Griggs would catch the ball and scamper down to the 11-yard line. A facemask penalty would also help set up the touchdown.
The Warriors’ Junior Varsity team would then get their turn on the field for 10 plays. The Warriors defense would hold Jackson County’s offense from scoring. The Warriors’ offense would move the ball but couldn’t get any big plays.
The Warriors would wrap up the scrimmage by running 10 defensive plays and then 10 offensive plays against Smith County.
The Warriors’ defense would struggle the final five or six plays, getting beat deep once and then struggle tackling Smith County’s skill positions. The Warriors’ offense looked to have a significant gain when Grayson Johnson broke through the line and was in open field, but the coaches would blow the play dead, so the extra yardage was negated. The Warriors could not get much going after that.
After the scrimmage, Warriors’ Head Coach Jerry Lowery had this to say about the scrimmage, “The scrimmage was a well needed opportunity for us to pinpoint on some of the areas that we need to work on. The film does not lie, and it showed up the main area that we need more work in. We will continue to work and get those things corrected before Aug. 18th. A lot of our problems were our alignments and effort issues. Those are to be expected running a new offense and the first time against another team, but they will be corrected this week in practice.”
Lowery also talked about his young team, “Many of our players are lacking in actual game experience, and the scrimmage helped them get their feet wet and get the jitters out. I thought Jaden Hicks did a pretty good job in his first real high school experience, and Grayson Johnson ran the ball hard, and we are going to rely on him to have a successful season on both sides of the ball. But all in all, it all comes down to blocking and tackling, and we will continue to stress the fundamentals this week in practice.”
The Warriors will continue to try and get ready for their first game on Aug. 18, at home, against Livingston Academy. The Warriors will practice the first four days of this week and then travel to Clay County, on Aug. 4. The start time for that scrimmage had not been decided at press time.