Area teams hit the field over the weekend for their last chance to compete before Friday’s season openers. On Saturday at South Stokes Jamboree, North and South Stokes scrimmaged High Point Christian and Starmount.
Sauras coach Jonathan Frasher said his team came out of the gate physical and had improved since an earlier scrimmage with East Wilkes.
“Keelan (Goodwin) did a good job running the ball. The offensive line did a good job up front. It wasn’t one single person but all of them. Defensively I thought we played really well,” he said.
Frasher said their focus moving into the first game against West Wilkes is simply to “get better”.
“Anytime you get in a jamboree like this you get a look at multiple teams in one setting. First of all, we’ll focus on what they did positive and then on to the mistakes we need to clean up.”
In North Stokes first match up against High Point Christian the Vikings struggled to move the ball down the field, but looked more competitive in the next scrimmage against Starmount.
“High Point Christian is a good quality team and they threw the ball around a lot. In the second scrimmage, my line got a little more push and we had some backs make some pretty good cuts. Defensively my linebackers did a good job,” said Vikings head coach Mitch Reeves.
The coach praised senior Blake Williams for running the ball well and Josh Manuel on defense.
“We’re not nearly as disciplined as we need to be. We’re missing assignments and it’s really not acceptable because we don’t have many new guys on the line,” Reeves said. “But the positive is we have something to work with.”
Vikings assistant coach David Anderson reminded the team after scrimmages to stay focused and dialed in.
“We’ve talked about being tough,” he said. “There’s a difference in being hurt and being injured. Some of you don’t know that yet. You’re going to get banged up and you’re going to get some bruises. You got to toughen up and get ready,” he said.
South, West Stokes JV
South and West Stokes JV team scrimmaged Starmount’s JV program.
Wildcats head coach Ben Hepler said his team began slow defensively but saw success as they continued to play.
“The players are getting after it on the field and having fun. We still have a lot of strides to make as far as execution. I think the players realize that and will come ready to work on Monday,” he said.
Wests’ JV has two quarterback options in freshman Tyler Smith and sophomore Austin Lilly.
“We haven’t made that decision yet on starter. I’m hoping that one of them sets himself apart from the other within the next week,” Hepler said. “I like this team’s potential. Our work ethic and leadership will determine how much of that potential is reached.”
Sauras JV coach Kyle Wood was equally impressed with his team’s performance on Saturday.
“They were physical,” the coach said. “I told them before the game I wanted to see that so I was pleased.”
According Woods sophomore Kain Thomas ran the ball well and Keylan Coe gave a strong performance.
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