Crawford pleased with Blue Raiders’ progress
by By SARALYN NORKUS Banner Sports Writer
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CLEVELAND SENIOR DJ Jones (2) returns a Baylor punt while junior TJ Parker (28) fends off an incoming Baylor defender. The Blue Raiders hosted the Red Raiders for a scrimmage on Wednesday evening. Photo by MATTHEW FESSETT
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Cleveland Blue Raiders head coach Ron Crawford couldn’t help but be encouraged by his team’s performance Wednesday evening in its scrimmage against Baylor.

“I thought we made progress from Friday to today, and that’s encouraging on only two days of work. I thought we progressed on defense in particular,” Crawford said.

Defensively Crawford saw a number of players step u their defensive efforts.

“Darius Pillow really had a good day on defense, (Jonathan) Terrero got better, and Kimsey Bell was pretty active,” Crawford commented.

Baylor struck first with a 45-yard run to the end zone.

Cleveland answered as senior quarterback Austin Herink’s second attempted 35-yard pass to Eric Goodwin gave the Raiders their first touchdown of the scrimmage.

Baylor was able to get a 15-yard touchdown, once again taking a lead over Cleveland.

A 55-yard scoring pass from Herink to wide receiver DJ Jones moved the Raiders closer to even the score.

Austin Massey and other second teamers came into the scrimmage and were able to work up some solid plays.

Michael Huff’s interception gave Cleveland the opportunity to reach the end zone one more time before the scrimmage was over.

A long distance pass from Jacob Gibson to wide receiver Jay McIntyre resulted in the Raiders’ final 65-yard touchdown.

Baylor finished the evening out with another 15-yard run to the end zone.

“Overall I thought our effort was really solid and it was against a solid team, so it was a good look,” Crawford said. “It was another good day of work for us. First Alcoa, then Baylor gave us two great days to see where we fit and stack up.”

According to the coach, there are still many corrections the team will have to work on.

“There were still too many mistakes, but this is the time of year to have mistakes and clean them up. We’ll watch film and we’ll go back Thursday and Friday to making corrections,” Crawford stated.

“What I want to see tomorrow is progress from today. I don’t want to see them come out in a lull because this was a our scrimmage for the week. It needs to be the thought process of ‘Hey, we’re coming out here and have two more days to try to get better.’”

Cleveland’s next scrimmage will be against Rhea County on Tuesday.