“We had 94 players on the roster, and 88 dressed out today,” Coach Everett Kelley stated of the weekend scrimmage. “I feel good about the talent level.”
And the talent level showed from the very opening play.
With no kick offs on the annual scrimmage game, the white team would take the ball first offensively and use just one play to find paydirt.
Quaterback Jacob Kelley would roll right before finding a hole in the defense and sprint up the middle and run for the left sideline as he darted 65-yards for a touchdown. The PAT by Richard Stanley failed, but he would go on to connect on 4-of-6 attempts.
Sam Hunt, who dressed out on the red team, had a good day passing as he completed 5-of-11 passes with two touchdowns.
He wasted no time getting started as he hit Verdis Boone on the first offensive play they had. After a Drew Robinson run the drive began to stall out and the red team turned the ball over on downs.
“Today was pretty good,” Coach Kelley said. “I was very impressed with the coaching staff.”
Also doing well during the game was Jacob Kelley, who was 7-for-12 passing on the afternoon with two touchdowns and a interception.
Matt Robinson did well too, as he had six tackles, including a sack. He also rushed the quarterback on a couple occasions in limited playing time.
The third possession of the game saw the white team punt the ball away. On the punt, Stanley would boot the ball 68 yards. The red team would take possession but find no luck as Matt Robinson had two tackles in the drive and an important rush on the quarterback on fourth down that forced the ball to be turned over on downs.
The Bulldogs did commit three fumbles and a interception on the day, but most of that could be credited to the Bulldog defense.
“We’ve came along way in some ways,” Coach Kelley said. “We showed flashes of inconsistency and flashes of consistency.”
Most of the scoring occurred in the second quarter as the white team scored twice and the red team once.
The first touchdown of the second quarter was by the red team. Hunt would drop back to pass and find Boone open for the score with 7:31 to go.
The white team responded with a 7-play, 2:22 minute drive, that was capped off with a 10-yard pass from Kelley to Corey Gardhigh. The two-point conversion attempt failed leaving the score at 14-12 in favor of the red squad.
After Zack Dentmon recovered a fumble, the white team would score again. This time it was quarterback Andrew Hutchins’ arm doing the damage.
Hutchins would fire a bullet to Marcus Ross for a score with four minutes left until intermission. The score would place the white team on top, 19-14.
The junior varsity players took over in the third quarter of play. They too had their moment in the spotlight as quarterback Zack Franklin hit Jeremy Gates on a nice deep pass.
With no scoring in the third period, the varsity resumed to the field for the fourth and final quarter.
The red team regained the lead with 3:29 left in the scrimmage game when Drew Robinson rumbled his way for a touchdown.
The white team once again responded as Kelley hit Gardhigh on a 26-yard touchdown pass, making the score 25-21 with 2:10 left in the game.
That’s the way the game would end.
“We had tremendous effort from the kid—great senior leadership,” Coach Kelley said.
The scrimmage game wrapped up a two week spring practice that the football team held.
“Overall I was very, very, very satisfied with the progress we made,” Coach Kelley stated.
The football team will compete in passing camps during the summer before getting practices underway for the season in late July.