CHANDLER – The Chandler Lions and McLoud Redskins got their first chance to see how they would handle game time situations Thursday in a scrimmage at Chandler.
The format swapped offense and defense for a set number of plays before switching, with the varsity team going first, then JV and finished with the two varsity squads playing in a shortened game format that saw neither team score.
The scrimmage was a good coming out party for the Lions, coach Harold Burgess said.
“Given that's our first initial contact of another opponent, we did a great job. We did a great job of attacking at the point of contact and finishing,” he said.
For McLoud, things went about as well as coach Rusty Hall was expecting.
Overall it was pretty average and kinda what you would expect from a first scrimmage,” he said.
The last possession of the night went to Chandler, but three dropped passes kept them from getting anywhere before the teams lined up and shook hands. That was a fixable set back on what was an otherwise good showing, Burgess said.
“Our running game was very solid today. We have to do a better job of play action and finishing”, he said. "We had three dropped touchdown passes, but I belive in a game those guys will catch those balls. We'll correct those mistakes. Those kids were going full speed, we were wide open and I believe we'll finish that”
The McLoud secondary did their job to keep Chandler grounded though.
“Defesively I thought we played great in the secondary. I thought we did a great job knocking down balls, not allowing them to catch a lot downfield,” Hall said.
Chandler was the first to score in the first part of the scrimmage and McLoud countered with a couple of rushing touchdowns, the second of which was set up with a goal-line catch by Mason Nikkel. The Lions evened up with a short run of their own.
The Redskins' receiving crew had ups and downs in the contest, Hall said.
“Receiver-wise again we're kinda on and off. We missed being able to get off some of their sticks with their jamming techniques, other times we're breaking open and catching balls,” he said.
Both teams have some work yet to do before their openers next Friday, but the scrimmage gave them a baseline for where they stand.
Chandler will open up the season at home as they host Prague Friday at 7:30 and McLoud will be on the road at Harrah with a 7:30 kickoff. The two teams will not see each other in the regular season.
“I'm very excited. Our kids are and we can't wait to get Prague over here for our first home game,” Burgess said.