Tornados host Blue-White Scrimmage to cap off preseason

Final preseason blog posting

Brevard, N.C. - The Tornados held their annual Blue-White Scrimmage Friday afternoon at Rosman High School. The team consisting of the first team offense/defense defeated the squad of the second team offense/defense, 28-0.

After a false start by the 1s on offense on the first play, Michael Crumbaker led that group on an eight play 70 yard drive for a touchdown. The quarterback carried the ball 3 times for 10 yards on the possession. He was 2-3 through the air for 33 yards, including a 22 yard touchdown pass to Richard Bush on a play action pass. Neville Bryce added a 21 yard catch and an 11 yard run on the drive as well. The drive took 3:31.

The first team defense held the two's on offense to a three and out on their first series. Richard Ray sacked Clay Hughes on second down and Stanley Jones broke up a third down pass for Coach Brumett's unit.

Crumbaker led the first offense on another touchdown drive that featured a steady dose of John Compton. The senior carried the ball 3 times for 36 yards, including a 25 yard run up the middle as well as a three yard touchdown scamper, to put the first team up 14-0. Crumbaker started the drive with a 15 yard run to the right. Justin Fleming also had 2 carries for 9 yards. Chase Henry connected on his second extra point of the day to cap off a seven play 70 yard drive that took 3:07 off the clock. The team was able to overcome two delay of game penalties during the drive.

The first team defense contiuned its good work, forcing another three and out. Austin Williams broke up a pass in single coverage on third down. To get more reps the defense stayed on the field. Travis Flynn plugged the middle on a run and Ray made his second sack to force a punt.

On a later series Matthew Gaines led the first team offense and found a hole in the middle of the defense for a 27 yard run to the two yard line. Compton found the end zone from there for his second touchdown of the first half. Henry made the extra point to put the score at 21-0.

Penn Thompkins made a solid effort at a "coffin corner" punt that grazed the right pylon for a touchback.

Brett Lilly got reps at QB with the second team offense. He hooked up with Lawrence Martin twice for 60 yards, including a 47 yard deep ball that excited the crowd. That drive ended with a missed 27 yard field goal from the right hash. In a later series Lilly threw a nice ball to Eric Watts for a 25 yard completion.

The first half ended with the first team on offense practicing a "hurry up" situation with 1:30 on the clock and the ball at their 30 yard line. Crumbaker found Jamal Hall for 10 yards. He kept the ball on an option for 14 yards. After a delay of game and an incompletion, Crumbaker threw to Shaton Pratt for 25 yards but the clock ran out before the Tornados could try a field goal.

The third and fourth quarters were 12 minutes each with a running clock. Ray recorded another sack for the first team defense on its first series of the second half.

Gaines threw to Fleming for a 55 yard touchdown. Henry made another PAT and the led 28-0.

Dwayne White made a good break on the ball on an interception. Coach Gaines was also happy with Rashad Dirton's play at safety.

Following the scrimmage the Tornados received feedback from the officials. They saw improvement in blocking techniques from the first scrimmage. They advised BC on the nuances of the play clock. During a series the team will have 40 seconds to snap the ball once it has been marked after a play. The first play of a new drive has a 25 second play clock.

Coach Hamilton expressed satisfaction with the effort he saw but still wants more precision. "We're not there yet but we have another week to work," he told the players.

BC begins focusing on Edward Waters starting on Monday with practice scheduled for 3:35 p.m.

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