HARRELLS — West Bladen made the most of its one and only football scrimmage on Saturday, traveling to face Harrells Christian Academy on a morning that was supposed to be bleak and rainy but instead remained relatively dry.
“The weather was never a factor,” said West Bladen head coach Kris Williams. “The field was wet, but it wasn’t bad.”
The scrimmage was set up in three stages: first came a 10 plays on offense and 10 plays on defense set-up; then the teams were given possession to run a regular offense in an attempt to make first downs; and finally the two teams worked on goal-line plays.
The Crusaders, who play out of the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association, were held scoreless by the Knights’ defense until the very end of the scrimmage, taking four plays inside the 5 yard line to score its lone touchdown.
West Bladen, meanwhile, had already piled up three touchdowns — on on a 6-yard run by Dayvin Swindell, the second on a 24-yard run by Kerron Washington and the third on a 20-yard pass from Tyre Boykin to Washington.
“The offense looked good,” Williams said. “We ran the ball well and Tyre had 30-some yards of passing. We were also able to see our reserves — what we have — get some playing time.”
He added that Boykin nearly scored on a run, but was ruled just short.
“Overall I was pretty happy with what we saw,” WIlliams said. “But we still have a lot to do. It’s only been two weeks and I think we’re where I thought we’d be — but there is a lot yet to install and the players need repetition.”
West Bladen has an open date on the regular season’s first Friday, then opens the season on the road Aug. 25 at South Brunswick.
“We’ll need every bit of that time,” Williams said. “Long way to go.”
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