Long way to go for Polk ‘D’
by By RICHARD ROBERTS Banner Sports Editor
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POLK COUNTY'S Chris Wimberley (21) closes in on a Karns runner as Blake Cross (42) moves in to help during a three-way scrimmage with Greenback and Karns Friday, in Benton. Banner photo, RICHARD ROBERTS
POLK COUNTY'S Chris Wimberley (21) closes in on a Karns runner as Blake Cross (42) moves in to help during a three-way scrimmage with Greenback and Karns Friday, in Benton. Banner photo, RICHARD ROBERTS
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BENTON — It's no secret Derek Davis plans to rely heavily on senior fullback Zach Miller to carry the load offensively for Polk County this season.

It is also no secret after Friday's three-way scrimmage with Karns and Greenback, the Wildcats have a long way to go defensively if they are to be anywhere near ready to face Bradley Central in their opener on Aug. 23.

"Defensively, we are a long way away from where we want to be. I know we saw some things today we haven't seen, but it's basic football we're busting on. I know that goes back to me," coach Davis said.

While on defense against Karns, The Wildcats gave up long touchdowns through the air and more than one long play on the ground, giving Davis cause for apprehension.

"It looks like we're going to have to line up in one defense and hope for the best if we can't pick some of this stuff up. Even in our base defense I saw a lot of errors alignment wise. That is concerning two weeks away from opening the season," he said.

On offense, Polk was reasonably sound for the most part with Miller handling the lion's share of the running plays. The big senior bullied his way for long-distance scores against both visiting defenses. Polk quarterback Josh Sillas engineered the scores and connected with Chris Wimberley for a pitch-and-catch for a 50-yard TD against Greenback.

Polk did not, however, come out of the evening unscathed.

"He's no secret," Davis said of his workhorse. "We also have A.J. Pittaway nicked up with a knee injury. We don't know his status. That is another concern since he is a two-way player. We will know more Monday."

"Without seeing the film, our offense looked pretty good. They moved the ball well. We turned it over on an interception once, but we looked decent for the most part."

The Wildcats will go back to work next week in an effort to shore up the holes exposed by Friday night's three-way. Polk will line up again on the scrimmage field against Tyner on Thursday in Chattanooga and travel to McMinn Central to take on Tellico Plains in the second quarter of Friday's jamboree.

"I don't know if we have anybody game ready at this point. We look pretty good at times, but our consistency is not where we need. We have to cut down the bad plays. We play well at times, but we're giving up too many big plays," said Davis.

"We are going to show up and do the best we can, but will we be ready? Who knows?"