First scrimmage? Bobcats need work, coach says

Thursday, September 5, 2002
Bobcat end Corey Smith caught a pass from quarterback Steven Trulove and beat the Pea Ridge defense to the end zone for the first touchdown of the 2002 season last Thursday at Bobcat Stadium as the home crowd cheered. CCN/David McNeal

"It was kind of a story about the good, the bad, and the ugly," Coach Carl Owens said about the Berryville Bobcats scrimmages with Pea Ridge and Yellville last Thursday.

"We saw some positive play, and some middle of the road play, and some bad play, but there were some positives," Owens said. "We made a lot of mistakes that have to be corrected, but most were correctable.

"In the first quarter, the defense played well, but the offense put them in a bind. Then they made a couple of mistakes on the goal line. We played Pea Ridge for two quarters, then I wanted to see what we would do against a fresh team (Yellville) in the third quarter."

Owens didn't like what he saw, and felt that the team was lacking in conditioning at that point.

"We made too many mistakes in the third quarter," he said. "We'll have to do something about that."

Owens said the defensive front seven for the team played well.

"Keeton Evans, Chance Biggerstaff, Shane Hooten, Elliott Ginn, Derek Powell, Shawn Ramson, and Michael Johnson passed some good licks and had pretty good movement," he said. "They'll be a good front, but the offense has a lot of work to do. They've got to come off the ball better."

The secondary, put together just last week, was also a concern.

"Our two safeties, Joseph Harris and Corey Smith, moved from linebacker and defensive back, and Justin Summers has only had three days at cornerback. Corey Roberts was our other cornerback.

"They made some mistakes, but they're new positions for them."

At running back, Owens said Corey Roberts "did a good job running the ball. He was ripping plays, even with a sore knee. And Michael Johnson ran hard. Joseph Harris is a better back than he showed, but all the teams know his number. He'll have to get used to that.

"Justin Summers did a good job coming off the football at fullback, and Steven Trulove got some experience. It's his first time at quarterback, so I don't expect him to have a perfect scrimmage. He did throw a touchdown pass to Corey Smith. He did okay, and will do better."

Coach Owens said the second unit was a "mixed group" from all three classes, who just went defense against Yellville for 15 plays.

"They did alright," Owens said. "Most of them are green, and they need to learn as they go. We've been working mostly with the varsity, so we didn't try to go offense with them."

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