Wildcats tune up versus Flyers
Saturday, August 23, 2014 12:00 AM
By JIM METCALFE
Jefferson’s Alec Lindeman and Brenen Auer block down as Noah Illig leads running back Adam Rode in Friday night’s road scrimmage versus Marion Local. (DHI Media/Jim Metcalfe)
DHI Media Sports Editor
MARIA STEIN — With the regular-season gridiron opener next Friday night, Jefferson was looking for a final tuneup to the pre-season to get themselves ready.
What a better way than to take on the 2-time small-school division state champion (Division VI in 2012, Division VII a year ago) Marion Local Flyers Friday night at soggy Booster Field in Maria Stein?
“We challenged our kids this whole week to be physical, because we knew Marion would be. I felt we matched their physicality; that’s what we wanted,” Jefferson coach Chris Sommers explained. “The kids played hard and had great effort, again a very good thing to look for. This was a great scrimmage for us to learn a lot of things about ourselves and we as a coaching staff really liked what we saw.”
In the first two series of 10-plays-and-out for both teams, the defenses were in control, neither allowing a score.
The junior varsity then had a go of it in the same format — for one possession each — and the only scores came on Flyer scoring passes of 38 yards and 65 yards.
The varsity returned for the first-and-10 format (starting at the 35 each series) and the Wildcats reached the Flyer 28 before having to punt.
The Flyers replied with a 45-yard touchdown pass on the fourth play and converted the unrushed extra point.
Each team had one more series but neither could score, with the Wildcat defense holding on fourth down at their 13.
The JVs returned for two series of 10 plays each.
The Flyers scored once in each of theirs: a 20-yard toss and a 10-yard run.
Jefferson got a 40-yard scoring run by sophomore quarterback Drew Reiss.
“We had a solid scrimmage. We made some mistakes but we saw less this week than last; we made great progress between Bath last Friday and tonight,” Sommers added. “We’ll get back to work this week in practice and get ready for the opener, we’ll correct those mistakes. We had a great week of practice before this scrimmage and we’ll need another one to get ready for Friday.”
Both units lift the lid on the 2014 regular campaign Friday. Jefferson is at Waynesfield-Goshen (7 p.m. kickoff) and Marion Local hosts Shawnee.