Turning the Corner: Eagles soar in first action; face Lions Thursday

By JOSEPH ELERSON, News-Telegram Sports Writer

Aug. 20, 2008 - COMO - Head coach Paul Tullis came out of his first scrimmage with many of his questions answered against the Pattonville Prairiland Patriots Saturday night.

But he still notices some things the Como-Pickton Eagles need to work on heading into their scrimmage Thursday night against the Gilmer Union Hill Lions.

"This should be a good test for us again because I think they match up well with us," Tullis said. "Union Hill has their problems this year with numbers and so they are probably a smaller 1A around. I think as long as we do what we do well we should do a good job in the scrimmage."

Tullis said the junior varsity and varsity will take part in the workouts as the junior varsity will start at 6 p.m. followed by the varsity.

"They (the junior varsity) will go 10 plays with the first team and 10 plays with the second team and then they will be done," he said. "The varsity will then go 15 plays with the first, 10 plays with the second and then we will decide if we need to run any more plays. We will then try to run a running quarter after that."

He said the work ethic of the Eagles against Prairiland was something that he was pleased with throughout the workout.

"We came out and really played hard at the start," he said. "We had a few adjustments to make on defense because the first time they had the ball they came down and scored on us."

"There were probably two-or-three plays we had a chance to stop them on third down and we did not make the play when we needed to. They had one good drive after that and then we pretty much stopped them the rest of the game. I felt pretty good overall about what the defense did against them."

He said one player that stood out on the defensive end as well as the offensive end was junior tailback and cornerback James Carter.

"James looked really good during the scrimmage especially on defense. Defensively, he was out there hitting them and offensively he made some good runs and was able to sneak through some creases and did good."

The offense had their moments as well during the scrimmage as fullbacks Brandt Steele and Spencer Boyd were highlighted for their play.

"Offensively, our first drive we drove down the field and we tried to throw a pass on their five-yard line but we threw an interception," Tullis said. "We turned around on our next drive and tried to run our veer stuff and different things and moved the ball well."

"Brandt and Spencer Boyd ran the trap really well during the scrimmage and we probably could have run it all night and had a lot of yards but we wanted to try some other plays."

The only problem Tullis mentioned about his athletes were how they dealt with fatigue towards the end of the scrimmage.

"We seemed to have gotten tired at the end of the scrimmage and we could definitely tell," he said. "We are going to work on our cardiovascular this week in practice."

The Eagles will open the regular season as they travel to Cumby next Friday night for Zero Week action. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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