Updates from second scrimmages

Area football teams finished up their football scrimmages over the past couple days. While I’ve mainly been watching cyclists go ride bikes at very fast speeds, I was able to keep up with some results.

I went out to Rider Friday afternoon at Memorial Stadium, but didn’t stay until the end. It started an hour late, so I saw much more of the JV action than planned – Denison looked good in that sequence.

In the first set of plays, Rider won 1-0 with a long TD pass from Chase London to Davon Allison.

The Raiders ended up scoring five times in the main part of the scrimmage and twice in a 16-minute timed portion. Carlos Fleeks looked good at RB (two TDs) and Allison also threw a couple passes that went for scores.

It sounded like Denison scored some as well. In the part I saw, Denison didn’t score but got close. Our TRN writer Andy Newberry had the Yellow Jackets with four TDs and then one in the timed portion.

So what does this tell me? The Raiders should be pretty dangerous on offense. Rider will need to probably shore up some areas on defense, but I still think it has enough difference-makers to be fine there. Just like last year, that unit will need to grow some. But that’s exactly what happened in 2012.

* Didn’t get out to Memorial Stadium on Thursday, but a coach I know who did gave Hirschi 4 As. As in the Huskies look “waaaay better” than last year.

D’Shan Harley will be tough to block and it sounded like Hirschi’s speed was too much as Cedric Battle scored twice on the ground (I saw him have a huge game against Mineral Wells last year, but he never really replicated it). The Huskies won the timed part 12-0 and also scored in the plays’ portion.

Henrietta’s defense did produce three turnovers, but the offense hasn’t scored any points in its two scrimmages. It sounds like the Bearcats are moving the ball better than last year, but I’d still like to see them punch it in a couple times already.

* WFHS won the timed scrimmage against Snyder 9-0. Sounded like a couple lightning delays made for a long night. I’m anxious to see how the Coyotes fare in their opener on Thursday against Granbury.

* It sounded like City View took a step forward against Santo, scoring three times with the starters and 10 points in the live quarter. Both Dalton Jackson and D.J. Coursey caught long touchdown passes.

* Burkburnett scored in the controlled part and Dumas didn’t. Then the Bulldogs won the timed part 14-7 and had the ball at the 2-yard line about to score again when time ran out. That’s good for the Bulldogs.   

* Muenster Sacred Heart scored twice on Petrolia in the plays, but the Pirates won the timed quarter, 13-7.

* Holliday won the scrimmage 1-0 against Seymour and the teams tied the live quarter, 1-1.

* In the controlled part, Jacksboro had a 2-1 edge against Windthorst. In the timed half, the Tigers won 13-0. It sounded like Jacksboro was sharper than in its first scrimmage and that the Trojans were really physical.

* According to Graham High School’s Twitter feed, the Steers scored seven times last night and held Decatur scoreless. I am not surprised by this.

* Abilene Wylie scored four times against Iowa Park, twice in plays (once with No. 1s, once with No 2s) and twice in timed portion. The Hawks’ lone touchdown came in the timed portion.