While the Blue Raiders traveled to Blount County to take on Alcoa, the Bears were put through their paces on Saturday as they hosted their annual five-way scrimmage with Red Bank, Baylor, South Pittsburg and McMinn Central.
Cleveland’s trip to Alcoa was worth the miles traveled, as head coach Ron Crawford was able to work practically his whole team, including the junior varsity squad.
“It was a great day of work for us. It was a full kicking scrimmage, so we got to work all of our kick teams in a semi-live situation,” Crawford said. “Our JV finally got some live action.”
With 100 Alcoa players and 103 on the Cleveland sideline, the coaches had plenty of action to evaluate in the highly productive scrimmage.
“You’ll find out what your strengths are, what your weaknesses are in a scrimmage like this. It allows us to make some corrections,” Crawford stated. “Overall, I think it was a good day.”
The end results of the varsity scrimmage according to Crawford were 3-1 in favor of Alcoa.
Coach Crawford was impressed with the efforts turned in by players such as Kimsey Bell, Dalten McDonald, Tre’Var Moore, DJ Jones and Chris Ofori.
Cleveland’s next scrimmage will be Wednesday as Baylor comes to town.
For Bradley Central head coach Damon Floyd, Saturday’s 5-way scrimmage gave his team multiple chances to further work on honing and fine-tuning their skills while taking on top-caliber teams.
“Overall we did well. We made it into the Red Zone in every scrimmage,” Floyd commented.
The Bears took on Red Bank first, and their defense prevented the Lions from making it to the end zone. In 10 plays Bradley Central was able to make it to the Lions’ 18 yard line.
South Pittsburg was the Bears’ next opponent, and before reaching their limit on plays the Pirates were able to get a 21-yard scamper for a score. Bradley’s offense was unable to capitalize once reaching the Pirates 17-yard line following an interception that ended the bout.
The Bears took on Baylor twice. In the first round, Bradley was able to hold the Red Raiders scoreless.
On the seventh play of Bradley’s offensive series, a 25-yard pass from Brett Standifer to wide receiver Dee Crisp put the Black-and-Gold at Baylor’s 10-yard line. Bradley’s closest attempt for a touchdown would remain an attempt following an incomplete pass in the end zone on their final play.
In their second scrimmage, the Bears defense was again unable to keep Baylor out of the end zone. The Red Raiders found paydirt on a 38-yard pass play.
“Defensively we have to work on following through with our assignments,” Floyd stated.
On offense, Bradley made it to the Red Raiders’ 18-yard line before their 10 plays ran out.
Before the evening was over and the field was cleared, the teams all participated in Red Zone drills.
“We scored in each Red Zone practice,” Floyd said.
Overall, coach Floyd felt that the Bears handled themselves well against a variety of skilled teams.
“If I listed everyone who performed well tonight (Saturday) it would be most of the team,” Floyd said.
Bradley will travel to Knoxville Webb Friday for its next scrimmage.