White holds on to top Red squad
By Greg Sullivan
Although it's not as much about bragging rights as it is about giving players some motivation throughout their two week spring season, there were still more than a few hard hits to go around Friday night in Madison.
The two teams looked about as evenly matched as any two teams could, these two versions of the Morgan County Bulldogs, the Red team and their alter-ego the White team. To add to their evenness, both teams shared the same quarterback, J.D. Hawkins, who was forced to don a black shirt as all-time quarterback, with scheduled Red team quarterback Terence Harper being sidelined with a separated shoulder.
Friday's game was competitive. For the record, the White team took the win holding on to a 6-0 decision in the short scrimmage.
"I thought both teams got after each other pretty good," said Bulldogs Defensive Coordinator and White team coach Clint Jenkins. "It was fun."
Offensive Coordinator and Red team coach John Robbins said he thought both halves of the squad got a lot out of the scrimmage.
"It turned out to be a high energy game with a lot of good football--just what we needed to bring spring practice to a close and leave a positive thought on our players' minds heading into summer workouts," Robbins said.
The game's only score came when J.D. Hawkins launched a fourth down pass into the corner of the endzone to Caleb Duvall for a touchdown to put the White team ahead.
The Red team nearly even things up later driving down near the goal line only to have their drive thwarted by a Desmond Williams interception in the end zone.
Bulldogs Head Coach Bill Malone watched Friday's scrimmage perched atop the press box clinging to a video camera.
Malone said he was pleased with the general performance of his upperclassmen.
"The effort they put in was what we expected of them," Malone said.
However, Malone said he also has found some standouts amongst the teams younger players.
Drew Stapleton, he said, had a good spring in the secondary. Asie Tolbert and Clarence White, he said, played solidly at the defensive end spots.
On the offensive side, Malone said Zach Sheppard played well at tight end and Clay Lunsford has shown big improvements on the offensive line.
Other younger players turning in good performances on Friday were Desmond Williams, Caleb Duvall and Antwon Carter.
Carter turned in a high-flying circus catch for the Red team in the scrimmage.
The Red and White game was followed with rising freshmen going head to head against one another in a series. The first team offenses and defense each ran through some plays as the spring season came to an end.
"I was pleased how everything went," Malone said. "I want to thank the coaches for all the time we put in--and the fans and Coach Heather Jenkins' cheerleaders for coming out and creating a game atmosphere for us."