Learning what they’ve got

Published 12:00 am Friday, August 25, 2017

Straughn and Red Level met up Thursday night for a controlled preseason scrimmage at Straughn High School.

The junior high teams played in the first quarter, where both teams were held scoreless.

The junior varsity teams met in the second quarter, where Straughn scored 12 unanswered points.

The varsity teams faced off in the second half, where each team ran eight offensive drives from their own 30-yard line, one goal line stand, and one two-minute drill.

Straughn head coach John Higgins was pleased with his team’s effort.

“I feel like we played hard,” Higgins said. “There’s a lot of room for improvement, though. We didn’t line up right at times, and had some busted assignments. We will get back to the drawing board and be ready for the physical and fast Brantley. One thing I know is this team is going to work every day.”

Red Level’s new head coach, Kenny Skipper, felt his team performed at a high level considering the circumstances.

“We had some guys out there that had to play three quarters,” Skipper said. “We are a young team, and we have to get better at adjusting to adversity. I was pleased with the effort they put forth, though.”

Straughn opens up its regular season next Friday in Brantley.

Red Level will travel to Cottonwood to face the Bears.