The Mount Airy Varsity football team held its first contact scrimmage football game on home turf Tuesday with five starting returners on offense and three on defense against South Stokes.
In fact, on offense and defense, several players will get to see action on both sides of the football, said coaches.
Bears Defensive Coordinator Coach Darron Taylor said for the most part, the defense played well up front, but said there is still work to be done. Overall, said the coach, the younger players did well in the scrimmage.
Taylor said he will look for better blocking and for the players to get set in a lower stance. “We were playing too high tonight,” said Taylor.
Defensive postures will develop as the season progresses and the players get more experience, said the defensive coordinator.
After watching Wednesday’s scrimmage, Taylor said the other big defensive focus will be on wrapping up the tackle and finishing the play.
Offensive Coordinator Jonathan Wilmoth said though the team returned only five starters, he thought the players competed well.
Wilmoth gave credit to the entire core of wide receivers — Cordell France, Caleb Horton, Chris McNeil and John Dobson. Both quarterbacks, Logan Holder and Kelton Walser, saw some playing time hitting the long throws and short outs.
Wilmoth also gave offensive credit up front to Devontae Dobson, Andrew Jones and E.J. Helton.
He said the team was hitting some good holes and protecting the football, a key in good offense.
However, the Bears will be busy working on the run game in the upcoming weeks, concluded Wilmoth.
The Bears opening game will be against Starmount at home on Aug. 23.