Waynesfield-Goshen High School junior Brandon Turner (24) runs the ball Friday in a varsity football scrimmage against Cory-Rawson in Waynesfield. (Staff photo/Brad Frank)
WAYNESFIELD — Waynesfield-Goshen got in its last tuneup for the 2013 high school football season with a scrimmage against Cory-Rawson on Friday, and varsity coach Doug Foley gave his team an overall favorable grade as the official season begins next Friday against Delphos Jefferson.
The scrimmage came a week after a less than favorable performance in a scrimmage against Indian Lake last weekend.
“I know we were not playing the same caliber team we did this week, but we needed that,” said Foley. “We showed a lot of improvement and didn’t come out here and lay an egg.”
The Tigers found the end zone three times during the scrimmage.
Lake Turner took a quarterback keeper 31 yards for a score and then later hit Drew Lament with a 14-yard score. Freshman Luke Hall took the last play of the scrimmage for a 33-yard score.
However, the most important play for the Tigers may have come three plays before Hall’s run.
With only 26 players out for the team this year, and not a whole lot of size, the Tigers had constant problems trying to run the ball inside during the scrimmage. On that play, the offensive line made a nice seam to help James Elliott bust through the middle for a 28-yard gain. “We needed that to happen,” Foley said.
“We needed for them to see what can happen if you just give the backs a little crease to get through.”
The team’s one big strength early on, team speed at the skill positions, was quite evident throughout the scrimmage.
Five different ball carriers toted the ball 23 times for 179 yards, including Elliott’s 103 yards on only six tries.
Turner was elusive and created plays by rushing for 44 yards and scrambling to get passes off, completing 4 of 6 for 34 more.
“We had a pretty good week in practice, and I think it showed here tonight,” Foley said.
Two negatives did stick out.
The Tigers fumbled three times in their 29 offensive plays and had seven penalties, with most of them being illegal motion or offsides penalties on offense.
“We can’t shoot ourselves in the foot with the penalties,” Foley said. “A lot of the fumbling problems were on pitches. We can work on that during skill time in practice.”
Turner also showed promise for the kicking game, converting on five extra points and punting twice for over 40 yards each time.
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