Jacksonville Daily Progress
BULLARD — Jacksonville and Bullard went through a pretty typical scrimmage — each team had its shining moments, and some forgettable ones as well — Friday morning at Panther Stadium.
Jacksonville proved best in the controlled portion, winning 3-1, while the Panthers came back to take the live period, 10-7, with a 45-yard field goal by Zack Aldridge being the difference maker.
In the controlled game, the Tribe's scores came on a 12-yard run around the right side by quarterback Carter McCown and a 68-yard scoring reception caught by Vi'Juan Hi.
McCown also hit Tony Lane on a 30-yard scoring play, which came late in the period.
Sandwiched between the two Indian scores was a 53-yard scamper by the Panthers' Brent Henderson, who rushed for 747 yards last season.
The live period was divided into two segments, the first being with a 12-minute continuous running clock and the last portion being an eight minute duration under game like conditions with regard to stopping/starting the clock.
Bullard got the ball first and need just eight plays to travel 70 yards for six points.
Panther quarterback Connor Mebane tossed a dart to Henderson, who was running a crossing route, with the feature back traveling 24 yards to pay dirt.
The Tribe came right back on its ensuing possession and tied the score when McCown teamed up with Jacolby Robinson for a 12-yard touchdown.
After the Tribe defense stopped a Bullard drive, the Panthers elected to send Aldridge, who saw his first varsity duty on Friday, in for a 45-yard field goal attempt, which Aldridge nailed to give the Panthers the victory.
The field goal was set up by two Henderson runs that totaled 29 yards.
Jacksonville struggled to contain Henderson, with the Bullard speedster carrying six times for 78 yards in the live round alone.
Jacksonville's freshmen team had an easy time in strolling to a 3-1 win over the Panther 9th-graders.
Both outfits will open the regular season at 7:30 .m. Friday.
Jacksonville host Carthage, ranked No. 3 in Class 3A, while Bullard travels to Quitman.
Comments from the coach:
Mike Waldie, Jacksonville defensive coordinator
“It was a typical scrimmage for us, we saw things that we liked, and we found some things that we have to go back and get fixed.”
“Defensively we did not do a very good job. We will have to improve before next week.”
“Bullard and Carthage run entirely different offenses and we have spent most of our time in practice working on things for Carthage. We didn't prepare for what Bullard runs as much as we have been getting ready for Carthage.”
Shannon Wilson, Bullard head coach
“I thought our kids did well in handling the (scrimmage) time change from yesterday to today and they came out ready to play against a talented and athletic Jacksonville team.”
“We did some things offensively that seemed to work well for us, but there are areas that we have to go back and work some more on.”
“We have a lot of new kids this year and all-in-all I'm pleased.”