The Big Reds have more than enough to replace from last year as they lost 19 starters. In their scrimmage against Davison on Memorial Stadium’s perfect grass, the Big Reds showed they can be ready to move forward from the big roster hit.
Here are some quick hits from the Big Reds first taste of live action:
- Head coach Ryan Mullins gave his team a “B” as the day’s grade, and I agree with him. There were times where you can tell the offensive line has five new starters, but there were also moments where they were a group of hard-nosed bullies.
- The star to watch — if you could keep up with him — was first year running back Jermaine Drake. Holy smokes. You give the 5-foot-5 running back a window, and he will shatter it and leave the defense behind him. The track star has a great second gear that he flexed during his 45 yard and 65 yard touchdown runs.
- The offense started off sloppy — one fumble and two penalties in the first five plays — but beared down quickly after. Junior quarterback DeAngielo Sanderson didn’t miss a beat from last year, showing he can focus on his receivers while a lineman is just feet away from crunching him. He connected with Jake Lee, who was draped in coverage, on a ten yard route for his lone passing touchdown of the day.
- Junior running back Alex Washington also showed he will be a sound power runner and a solid blocker this year. This backfield will be fun to watch.
- Now it’s time to talk defense. Davison’s spread offense really stretched the field to the point where the linebacker had to float out into coverage and almost create a 4-2 look. Yet, Davison still ran the ball a good amount of times, testing Port Huron’s defense. The Big Reds defensive line looked good, and the linebackers and defensive backs combined for five turnovers on two fumbles and three interceptions.
- The best defensive sequence came with 6-foot-5 monster defensive end Tyler Lee chasing Davison’s quarterback to the right. He launched the ball that was read and caught by Ahmad Bankston as if he was the intended receiver. Could that be foreshadowing a common occurence this year? We’ll just have to see.