Later in the evening, Allen Central, which ended the 2010 season 5-6 following a loss in the opening round of the Class A State Playoffs, scored several times against the East Ridge defense in timed play. East Ridge did manage to drive and score against the Rebels.
“I feel that our scrimmage did very well for us,” Allen Central Coach Jeremy Hall confided. “It showed us some bright spots and some players that stepped up and did a good job that we may not have seen during a normal practice. I was impressed with our defense. They came out very pumped and aggressive against East Ridge’s double-wing, which is a hard offense to stop.”
Allen Central also thrived offensively against visiting East Ridge.
“Offensively. we had some timing issues and that is too be expected this early,” Hall added. “We passed the ball well and had some bright spots show up in the running back positions. We had several different packages we put in the backfield and each running back his own talents and running styles. Chris Hunter stepped up in the fullback position and ran downhill very effectively for usy. We had good running out of our returners – Seth Jarrell and Travis Atkins. We also had some strong runs out of our junior fullback Zach Murphy.
“Micah Harlow led our offense very well. He was flushed from the pocket several times and chose to run the ball. Several times he completed the pass and moved the offense very well.”
The Rebels made some mistakes in the scrimmage, too. But for Allen Central, positives far outweighed negatives.
“We were a little rusty in some areas and it was mainly from a lack of reps,” Hall added. “Our line needs some work, but is much improved from a few weeks ago. They are young and are willing to work hard to be at there best. That is something good as the season wears on.”
Allen Central has the first week of the 2011 regular-season open. The Rebels will kick off their latest season Friday, Aug. 26 at home against non-district rival Jenkins.