Bobcats scrimmage at Harrison

Friday, August 24, 2018
Berryville's Wyatt Poe attempts to break up a pass in a game last year.
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The Berryville Bobcat football team was getting tired of playing on the practice field against the same competition day after day. On Friday, the Bobcats finally got the chance to compete against the Harrison Goblins in a scrimmage at Harrison.

"Harrison is a quality team and we knew they would present us with some matchup problems, but we felt like our kids got after it and we gave as well as we took," Berryville coach Doug Shott said. "We came out of it healthy, which was the main objective and got some good looks against somebody besides ourselves."

On Harrison's first play from scrimmage, the Bobcats had the Harrison running back wrapped up, but he escaped for a touchdown. Shott said as the game went on, his team was able to settle down a little bit.

"We blew some assignments up front, but when the kids calmed down, I think they felt pretty good about themselves when it was all over with," Shott said.

Offensively, Berryville played a number of players throughout the scrimmage.

"We got a lot of good looks at the running back position," Shott said. "We mixed running backs throughout the scrimmage. Running with the first bunch was Kooper Logan and Tristan Updegraff. We rotated Isaac Brown, Ethan Carey and Luke Britt in there as well. At fullback, we got to look at Brett Parsons. He is our go-to guy back from last year. We also got to see Christian Lemus and Austin Woods come in and play a little bit. We got Cale Heithold and J.D. Smith some looks at quarterback. They did some good things. There are some things they have to get better at, but we feel pretty good about them."

Shott was impressed with how his linemen played once they adjusted to the speed of the game.

"They sent quite a few linebackers," Shott said. "It took us a few plays to get adjusted to that and as a result we blew a few assignments up front because they did some things we didn't anticipate they would do. They had some good downs and they had some bad downs, but it's a work in progress. It always is."

The Bobcats kick off the 2018 season on Friday, Aug. 31 at West Fork. Shott hopes his team will continue to mature between now and then.

"Offensively, we have a set of rules regardless of what defense we see," Shott said. "Our rules account for any kind of defense in any situation, but the kids have to learn to apply that on their own. We can't call a timeout every time and tell them how to do this in this situation. You have to go to the line of scrimmage and follow your rules at the snap of the ball. Making those rules independently will make a big difference. They just have to get used to doing that and we are going to work real hard on doing that in the next two weeks. Defensively, we have to continue working on our technique, tackling and responsibilities in the secondary. Overall, we are pretty happy with the effort of our kids."

Kickoff against West Fork is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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