The eighth-grade team is the defending champion of the Green River Valley Conference and they showed no sign Thursday that things would be any different as they put up four touchdowns and a safety on the Raiders while holding the visitors to a single score.
The seventh-grade team is something of a question mark coming into the season but they showed the ability to move the ball with regularity and played tough defense most of the time. The seventh-grader’s only score came on an interception return for a touchdown.
The format for the scrimmage was to give each team 10 plays on offense to do what they could to score. The eighth-graders went first and each team had a pair of possessions.
Grayson County had the ball first, and after a sack on the first play from scrimmage, the Cougars began ripping off big chunks of yardage. Ethan Hinson had runs of 20 and 30 yards before quarterback Ryan Heaverin got free on the Raider sideline and ran 30 yards for the Cougars’ first score.
On the Cougars’ fifth play, Alex Kerr ran 26 yards to the Cougar 48. Three more plays failed to move the ball, but on the ninth play, Hinson threw a halfback pass and completed it to Grant Ackridge, who eluded the Raider defense to score the second Cougar touchdown.
With two scores, the Cougars ceded their tenth play and gave the ball to the Raiders.
Teddy Marquis sacked the Raider quarterback for a loss on the second play and forced a fumble. But the Raiders scored on their third play when the Cougar defense failed to stop an option pitch, and the Raider halfback romped 85 yards.
That would be the visitor’s only score of the scrimmage though. The Cougars held the Raiders to just 20 yards gained the rest of their first possession.
On the first play of the Cougars’ second possession Hinson took the handoff on a draw play, faked a Raider linebacker nearly off his feet, and ran 80 yards for the third score of the day.
Heaverin carried three times for 35 yards and Kerr rambled 23 yards on one carry as the Cougars moved again into scoring territory. Hinson carried 16 yards, to the Raider two on the seventh play of the possession, then scored his second touchdown on a draw for the Cougars’ fourth TD of the scrimmage.
The Cougar defense then completely bottled up the Raiders, backing them up steadily toward their own goal line until on the ninth play the Cougars tackled a Raider ball-carrier in the end zone for a safety.
The seventh-graders then took the field and the Cougars began a slow, steady march down the field. Quarterback Mason Parks carried six times for 41 yards as the Cougars moved from their own 20 to the Raider 28 before running out of plays.
The Raiders then moved the ball into Cougar territory at the 42, but Parks, who plays linebacker on defense, sacked the Raider quarterback at the 50 on their last play to stop the advance.
Grayson County then moved the ball to the Raider 34 before running out of plays. A pass-play from Parks to Talon Gary gained 18 yards during the possession and the pair nearly connected on another pass-play that could have gone for a score, but Gary couldn’t hang on and it fell incomplete.
The Raiders then scored the first TD of the day as the Cougar defense got caught inside and the halfback swept the outside and ran 80 yards.
The Cougar defense then toughened up, throwing the Raiders for losses inside their own 10. East was able to move the ball back out to the 20, but on the seventh play of the possession, cornerback Westley Lewis stepped in front of a pass to the sideline, picked it cleanly and went untouched into the end zone to score for the Cougars.
Grayson County will play scrimmage contests this Saturday at West Hardin Middle School at 11:30 and 4:30 before opening GRVC play at Butler County next Thursday, August 14 at 5:30 p.m.