Coach Kerley pleased with team's performance in scrimmage
By Jonathan PleasantThe JCHS Football team did well in their first showing on the field this year, holding their own and coming out with a narrow 7-0 win over the Volunteer Falcons in an on-the-road scrimmage last Thursday. A full two divisions higher than Johnson County, Volunteer is expected to be on the upswing this season making the scrimmage a tough one and exactly what Head Coach Don Kerley was looking for at this early stage in the season.
“For where we’re at in the first two weeks of practice that was a good scrimmage for us,” Kerley said. “We played really well. I was tickled to death with our defense. It’s a little easier to pick up than the offense and they were hustling to the ball. Tristan Hill played well, Cole Peters, Seth Billingsley probably played as good a game as I’ve seen him play. The secondary played well. There were just a lot of good things. It was pretty even, but we got a lot out of it.”
With a line full of seniors, the Longhorn defense did an excellent job of stopping the Falcons, and while the offense faced a lot of small setbacks there were a couple of really strong plays that led Johnson County to reach the end zone early on. A second drive later in the game took the Longhorns all the way down to the five yard line, but Volunteer held strong and kept the lead to just one touchdown.
Several of Johnson County’s key skill players were missing in action, making the game even tougher offensively, but Kerley did get the chance to see a few complete passes along the way. ‘It showed some things we’ve got to work on,” Kerley admitted. “There were a few kids that didn’t get to play and that makes a big difference too. Overall it was great for us just to see where we’re at. We threw the ball some. Greg Roark didn’t get to play and he’s probably our best receiver, but we were still able to throw the ball some. Dakota Wright caught the ball as well as Alex Tressler. We played really well but we had a few turnovers, a couple bad punts, and a few penalties. Stuff like that will slow you down but overall it was a good scrimmage for us. We could kind of focus on what we needed to focus on there.”
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