Working without some key players still active in baseball the football Yellow Jackets completed their spring drills with a scrimmage May 9, at Franklin County. Coach Nick Bryant had 31 players in pads for the annual spring workouts. Four key players were on the baseball diamonds including both quarterbacks.
“We were able to get a lot accomplished this spring by seeing how the winter training program had helped many young players. This was the most complicated spring we’ve had because of all the missing pieces that graduated last season.
The big concern after spring is still the lack of depth at the offensive line and replacing the loss of the top four running backs from last season. This year’s summer training program is going to be crucial for the team. We must be prepared at the start of the season both physically and mentally. The summer program training is going to be the most demanding and intense training program the team has seen. The players will be pushed harder than they have ever been pushed,” said Coach Bryant.
As for the scrimmage with the Rebels, Grundy’s varsity lost three touchdowns to one and the junior varsity lost 1-0.
“It was a hard fought game with many good plays from both teams. The score was 1-1 for the majority of the game with Franklin scoring two late touchdowns. With quarterback Houston Mainord and Hogan Holland in baseball, Trevor Hampton ran the offense. The offense mostly was concentrated on the running attack with many different running backs. However the touchdown came from a long pass play to Alex Nunley for a 45-yard touchdown.
The running backs that received many carriers were Logan Meeks, Nathan Carreto, James McDaniel, Kevin Castro, Dewayne Grooms and Justin Brown. Justin Brown had a fantastic day running the ball and has moved up high on the depth chart. Alex Nunley and Christian Brown both did real well as at the wide receiver spot.
On the defensive side Terrince Bramhall, Eldon Posey, Greg McDaniel and Kevin Castro made some key plays. The defense did really well at holding the wing-T attack to minimal big gains and making a goal line stand. The team was able to learn a lot from the spring game and now have better understanding of what we have to work on in the off-season to improve on,” added Bryant.
The Jackets will work on strength and conditioning throughout the summer to prepare for the 2014 season opener at Marion County on August 22. And then Yellow Jacket fans it will be time to GET OUT TO THE GAME!