Como-Pickton scores two touchdowns during three team scrimmage at Heflin Field
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Aug. 15, 2005 - COMO - The Como-Pickton Eagles got their first taste of full scrimmage action against the Paris Chisum Mustangs and the Union Hill Bulldogs Saturday morning at Heflin Field.

Coach Joe Ryzman said he was pleased with the way his team performed on both sides of the ball, but they still have some areas to work on this week in preparation for the Cumby Trojans Friday night in Cumby. The scrimmage is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Trojan Field.

"What I hope we see next week is a better conditioned team, and I hope we are going to play two live quarters which will give us a live game situation to get our kids in better playing shape," he said.

With 28 players on the varsity roster, Ryzman said he got what he wanted out of the scrimmage and knows what the team needs to work on before Aug. 26, their first game of the season against Rivercrest.

"I saw what I wanted to see out of the scrimmage. I saw some areas that we needed to work on and I saw some areas where we did really well at," the coach said.

"Areas that I feel like we need to work on are we need to get in better physical conditioning because we have so many kids that play both ways, so we are going to have to be able to play offense, defense and special teams."

The Eagles offense scored two touchdowns during the scrimmage as Trent Vail connected with Gerald Pierce on a 32-yard completion against Union Hill during their first 15-play drive. Ray Hayden scored their second touchdown during their 15-play drive against Chisum.

"I think Trent did well at quarterback. He hasn't played there in years, and not just Trent, but we have a number of kids who are playing new positions and haven't played football in a couple of years who stepped up and did a good job," the coach said.

Ryzman said he was impressed with the play of defensive end Clayton Humphries, fullback Brian Hicks, and the offensive linemen.

"Brian did well at fullback and like I said there are a number of kids who did well during the scrimmage, and so what we are going to have to do as a team is fix those little things and those little things will help us to be a better ball club," Ryzman said.

Defensively, the Eagles gave up a couple of touchdowns during the scrimmage and Ryzman said the team needs to make adjustments during practices this week.

"I want to see us correct little things on defense which gave the opponent some big plays during the scrimmage," Ryzman said. "I want to see corrections in some of our things offensively that we did wrong with some timing plays and understanding more of our scheme offensively which will help us to execute better."

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