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Hounds ragged in scrimmage Friday

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Hounds ragged in scrimmage Friday

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Upson-Lee to visit Jones County for a preseason game Friday night at Greyhound Stadium

Freshman Ethan West kicks an extra point for the Greyhounds.

FOOTBALL

If a bad rehearsal portends a wonderful opening

night, then the

Greyhounds are

poised to dazzle

when the football

season opens in a

couple of weeks.

But if it is an indicator of what to expect this season, then hunker down for a rough ride.

The Greyhounds looked far from ready for prime time in an intrasquad scrimmage last Friday, with a rash of bumbles and stumbles – not to mention bad snaps, fumbles, interceptions,blowncoveragesand missed tackles.

But they still have some time to whittle away at their rough edges, and another rehearsal to prepare for the games that count.

Jones County hosts Upson-Lee this Friday at 7:30 p.m. in a preseason game at Greyhound Stadium.

“We looked pretty rough,” coach Justin Rogers admitted after last week’s scrimmage. “We’ve just got to keep coaching them and get them to keep working.”

Despite the ragged outing, he told his players that he still believes they have the makings of being a good football team.

“The potential is there, but you see we have a lot of work to do. Just remember, football comes down to blocking and tackling. If you do those two things, you can win. All the rest doesn’t count for much if you don’t block and tackle and take care of the ball.”

After Friday’s preseason game, the Greyhounds will have a short week to prepare for their season opener, as they play Howard High on Thursday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Ed DeFore Complex in Macon.

In last week’s scrimmage, Rogers had his players work against each other by units in various situations – the No. 1 offense against the No. 1 defense, the No. 2 offense against the No. 2 defense, and so on down through the junior varsity and freshmen.

A lot of the night was spent working on short field situations, with the offense getting the ball at the 30, the 20 or the 10.

The No. 1 defensive line made it tough for the Greyhounds to move the ball consistently, but the defense was also burned on some big plays that kept it from dominating.

“We had some trouble blocking them on offense, but I don’t think we’ll play a better defensive line this season than what we had on the field,” Rogers said. “Still, we’ve got to get better.”