By Jimmie Earls
Sun Sports Writer
The Washington County Commanders football team faced their first test of the year Friday night when they scrimmaged against the Madison Southern Eagles in Berea, Ky. After all the hours of sweat and hard work, the Commanders finally got a chance to knock helmets with someone other than their teammates.
Although the scoreboard was turned off and there was no clock running, Washington County was dominating, scoring twice as much as Madison Southern and demonstrating the ability to move the ball down the field.
Key plays included a spectacular effort by WC wide receiver Dalton Culver-Barnett, who was forced out of bounds shy of the goal line. That set up a 1-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Joe Joe Simms to wide receiver Lee Mudd. Seth Mattingly kicked the extra point.
Another big play came on the same series when Joe Joe Simms rolled to his right looking for a receiver, but decided to run the ball, breaking several tackles and finally being stopped just short of another touchdown. On the next play, Simms hit Mudd again in the end zone for a quick six. Mattingly tacked on another extra point and the Commanders were clearly in command on the field.
Overall, it was a good showing for Washington County, despite some minor tweaking that needs to be done here and there. Tackling is an area head coach Mark Perry sees as a priority for improvement.
“We had some guys in position to make a play, that didn’t make a play,” said Perry. “We gave up a little too much cushion in coverage. A lot of little things.”
Quarterback Simms suffered a small gash to his arm during the first series of plays.
“No big deal,” added Perry. “It’s just a gash on his arm, a couple stitches should take care of that and he’ll be good to go.”
If the scrimmage served any purpose, it gave the young team some experience before they start the regular season. They play another scrimmage at home this Friday against Waggoner before starting the season on the road at Lincoln County on Aug. 29.
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