Productive Night: Eagles get work in against Big Sandy and Sabine

By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Aug. 24, 2007 - COMO - In their final preseason scrimmage, the Como-Pickton Eagles were outscored 3-2 against the Big Sandy Wildcats and the Sabine Cardinals Thursday night at Ron Heflin Field.

"I thought we got a lot out of it tonight," CPHS coach Paul Tullis said. "Offensively, we got out there and moved the ball on both defenses. Both of them played much different styles and Big Sandy had everyone on the line and was bringing everybody through against us. We were able to score against them on our midline veer play."

With the second-string offense, CP quarterback Noe Tellez went 70 yards to paydirt on the veer play against Big Sandy for the Eagles' final touchdown of the night. Tellez had two carries for 66 yards and one touchdown during the scrimmage.

"Our quarterbacks are settling in with the offense really good right now," Tullis said. "We are running a lot of our plays good right now, and they are starting to become comfortable with what we are trying to do."

Tellez and junior quarterback Austin Darby combined to go 2-of-10 passing for 23 yards as Darby connected with Ryan Carpenter for 18 yards on an acrobatic catch during their 10-play drive against Big Sandy.

Against the Wildcats first-string offense, the Eagle defense allowed three TDs and recovered one fumble during their first 15-play drive.

"I think the biggest thing on defense is we are not used to the speed and we are not a fast team," Tullis said. "Big Sandy had a ton of speed and as I was telling my players is what we lack in athleticism we need to make up with heart and desire and technique."

Against Sabine, sophomore running back James Carter scored the first TD of the night for the first-string offense as he went around the right side of the line untouched for a 32-yard scamper during their 15-play drive. Carter wrapped up the scrimmage with eight carries for 93 yards and one touchdown, while senior running back Mitch Lowe had nine carries for 52 yards for the Eagles.

"Against Sabine, they were more of a base defense and we were able to move down the field well against them and scored a couple of times against them," the coach said.

Defensively, the Eagles had an interception from Jeff Hendricks against Sabine during their second team workout session.

"Jeff is playing pretty good right now and he is actually our free safety," the coach said. "Jeff is very coachable and has one of the biggest hearts on the team for us this year."

The Eagles varsity finished the scrimmage offensively with 22 carries for 205 yards and two touchdowns.

In junior varsity action, the Eagles were outscored 2-1 as they scored on a touchdown pass of 57-yards against Sabine during their scrimmage portion.

"The JV is working hard and really coming along right now," Tullis said. "Offensively, they were behind because they didn't get to work on it much during the spring. Defensively, they are still learning some things right now."

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