The weather cooperated for Apalachee High School and Morgan County High School Friday night as the two teams continued their preparations for the upcoming season.
While officially the host Bulldogs took a 7-0 advantage when the varsity teams were on the field, AHS coach Shane Davis was pleased with many aspects of his team’s effort.
“We played extremely hard and with passion and intensity,” said Davis, who is entering his 10th year with the Wildcats. “That’s what we wanted to see. That’s what our kids needed to do and they did it.”
While Davis said in the end the score didn’t matter, AHS did want to win.
“It meant a lot to both teams,” he said. “We were both using timeouts at the end of third quarter. It was a game atmosphere.”
There were opportunities for the Wildcats to finish ahead on the scoreboard and Davis said it is vital for the team to correct those missed chances by the time the regular season begins.
Offensive coordinator Joel Miller agreed.
“The scrimmage was about what we expected,” Miller said. “We struggled a little on offense, but we played extremely hard. We had a few chances that we didn’t take advantage of and we can’t miss scoring opportunities like that. We had way too many turnovers and penalties. We have to clean up that aspect of our team or we will struggle all year. I like the passion our team played and coached with and we will need that type of fire and energy every Friday night to be successful.”
The defense also caused some turnovers against Morgan County.
“We did a good job of causing two turnovers to stop their drives,” Davis said. “Our kids made plays. They didn’t give it up. We had a couple of chances to score, but we turned it over too many times.”
AHS will take part in its second preseason game Friday when it hosts Monroe Area at 7:30 p.m.
Davis said he would like for the format Friday to be as “close to a real game as possible.”
Once again, there will likely be no live special teams play.
“Normally the home team sets the format,” Davis said. “However, I am not going to force the issue on anything. We will work it out and agree on how to handle it. We have one scrimmage under our belts now so we will probably have any jitters out of the way. We have now had a chance to adjust to real game speed. Defensively, we need to work on taking better angles. We hope that we will show improvement this week.”
•AHS hosts Monroe Area, 7:30 p.m., R. Harold Harrison Complex
•Last season: AHS 0-10, Monroe Area 11-1
•Game broadcast on WJBB (AM 1300)