Long County had its annual Blue vs. White Spring Scrimmage Friday.
With 81 players suiting up, the Blue Tide coaching staff was able to field two full offensive and defensive squads. The game was evenly matched, with the Blue squad squeaking out at 14-7 victory.
In the first period, the Blue team jumped out to a lead when defensive back Tariq Carpenter picked off a pass and rambled in for a touchdown. Placekicker Aaron Nevarez booted the extra point.
The White’s Eric Crawford then ran in for a 23-yard score. The shared Nevarez’s kick once again split the uprights, tying the game.
In the final period, the Blue took the lead back when Elijah Wright found tight end Christian Bass open in the end zone for another score. Nevarez’s kick was good again.
JV players also scrimmaged for two quarters, and in this contest, the White came out on top 6-0, off a Tavon Anderson TD scamper.
After the game, head coach Eric McNair said the scrimmage and two weeks of practice gave coaches a good idea where the team was.
“We came away seeing a better picture of who will play where in the fall. We also got a picture of how much some of our guys have progressed over the year in the weight room, also saw some guys step up in roles that we didn’t know if they would pan out and kids doing their job to the best of their ability,” he said.
McNair said he was pleased the largest team ever completed spring training, with a total of 92 playing or inactive. The coach said now the players will take a break until summer workouts begin.
“We will begin our summer strength and conditioning program, which is key to our program. We’ll be throwing in a seven-on-seven every Tuesday night in June and have a tournament the first week of July,” McNair said. “We are looking to add a contact camp, as well to help us prepare for the season.”
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