Football season is getting closer every day but before the Bulldog’s opener against Jones County they took part in another scrimmage against Athens Christian last Thursday.
The Bulldog team that came to the field on Thursday August 14 was strong proving that they are getting more and more prepared for the coming season. The game against Athens Christian was a chance for the much talked about Bulldog special teams to make their appearance. Last week, Apalachee was not ready to play their special teams but this week’s opponent was.
“Though Athens Christian is two classifications below us they have expectations of being a third round playoff team, therefore we are pleased that we were able to compete with them,” said Head Coach Bill Malone.
The Bulldogs swept the first half, leading the Eagles 28 to 0. The half featured a 70-yard run by Maclane Zant for a touch down. Jesse Brooks had an impressive catch during the first half and showed his impressive speed while leaving the Eagles defenders in the dust.
On defense the Bulldogs were almost unstoppable holding Athens Christian to a scoreless first half. However, the Eagles weren’t ready to give up without a fight. Athens Christian came out strong in the second half, scoring quickly. These would be the only points they put on the board the whole game.
“I was pleased with our defense which held Athens Christian to seven straight series of three downs and a punt,” said Malone. “I was excited about the improvements our offensive line made and how well Brantley Frost performed at quarter back.”
Frost threw for some incredible touchdowns in Thursday night’s scrimmage. As for the special teams it was obvious they were happy to have their chance on the field. Coach Malone said that the special teams look to be ahead of where they usually are this time of the year.
The Bulldogs went on to win the scrimmage against Athens Christian with a final score of 35 to 7. Touchdowns went to Trey Chapman, Maclane Zant, Jesse Brooks, Alex Dickson, and Griffin Sorohan. MJ Webb and Quincy Jones had an impressive game on defense.
During the scrimmage with the Eagles, Coach Malone learned that the Bulldogs needed to work on getting plays in and aligning to sets more efficiently. Malone went on to say that the team and coaching staff is excited about the home opener against 5A Jones County.
“Our team has a lot of confidence, in particular on defense. I believe that the offense made great improvements since the Apalachee game- the kids are excited and ready to play,” said Malone.