By ERIC VICCARO
Every one of Montague County’s football-playing high schools completed their first scrimmages this past weekend.
Bowie, Nocona and Saint Jo dodged bad weather on Friday evening, while Gold-Burg and Forestburg dealt with soggy grounds from the aftermath on Saturday morning.
Bowie head coach Dylan Stark reported the Jackrabbits scored three touchdowns during the varsity scrimmage. The freshman team scored once.
The coach was satisfied with how the scrimmage went, despite having a one-hour delay due to lightning.
“It was good,” Stark said. “I felt like we were able to evaluate a lot of guys offensively and defensively, on film.”
Stark said the only problem the delay presented it that both offenses had trouble establishing a rhythm – Bowie and Bridgeport.
Nocona head coach Brad Keck said the Indians and Windthorst were able to complete their scrimmage at Jack Crain Stadium.
“It worked out,” Keck said. “It was raining hard for a while, but we were able to finish the scrimmage.”
Keck said Nocona’s offensive line was tested by a sizable Windthorst defensive front, and the Indians had trouble moving the ball.
Like Nocona, Saint Jo also was able to complete its scrimmage shortly before a massive power outage hit the entire northern half of Montague County.
Preston Lyons scored Saint Jo’s lone touchdown on a short-distance run.
“It was a typical first scrimmage,” said Saint Jo head coach Chad Tallon. “We were able to get the kids in there, and see what they could do.”
Forestburg had a scrimmage with Covenant Classical of Fort Worth on Saturday morning. Covenant Classical brought only nine players.
Longhorn Kurtis Smith scored the team’s lone touchdown, head coach Wayne Tuckwell reported.
Tuckwell was pleased with how new starting quarterback J.D. Moore played. However, Moore still needs work on mechanics and “getting the ball out sooner.”
Gold-Burg also had a scrimmage on Saturday morning with Notre Dame from Wichita Falls. Notre Dame played in a Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools championship game in 2015.
“I thought things went well for us the first half of the scrimmage,” said coach Jay Johnson.
But eventually because of the Bears’ lack of depth, players wore down.
Read more in the Aug. 17 Bowie News.
Bowie’s Brandon Hutto rushes with the ball during Friday’s scrimmage against Bridgeport at Jackrabbit Stadium. Hutto will be a featured back this season for the team. (News photo by Eric Viccaro)