Gallatin learns tough lesson in three-way scrimmage

Gallatin learns tough lesson in three-way scrimmage

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Gallatin learns tough lesson in three-way scrimmage

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HENDERSONVILLE The Gallatin High football team started off fast with an early touchdown in its three-way scrimmage against Pope John Paul II High and West Creek.

Gallatin senior Jordan Mason attempts to break free from a Pope John Paul II High tackler during Friday’s scrimmage.

Gallatin senior Jordan Mason attempts to break free from a Pope John Paul II High tackler during Friday’s scrimmage.

The rest of the night did not go so well for the Green Wave.

An early 28-yard touchdown pass from senior Wyatt Hayes to classmate Dezmond Chambers against West Creek proved to be one of the few bright spots for Gallatin at the Jim Carell Athletic Complex.

PJP II, however, looked impressive on both sides of the ball, pitching a shutout on defense, while senior quarterback Ben Brooks connected on three touchdown passes.

Gallatin struggled moving the ball, and proved to be its own worst enemy most of the night.

The Green Wave had three turnovers, and three personal fouls that hampered their efforts, which frustrated Head Coach Mark Williams.

“We’ve got to get better and not ride the emotional rollercoasters with the ups and downs,” Williams said. “We have to be more consistent across the board, and I think our players will agree that we did not play our best football tonight.”

Pope John Paul II High senior Jamaal Thompson looks back on his way to the end zone during Friday’s scrimmage against Gallatin.

Pope John Paul II High senior Jamaal Thompson looks back on his way to the end zone during Friday’s scrimmage against Gallatin.

Hayes took snaps with the first team offense at quarterback for Gallatin, but the Green Wave were able to get carries from a variety of running backs during the scrimmage.

Senior Jordan Mason, who rushed for 1,606 yards last season, saw a majority of the first-team snaps, but junior Jalen Porter and senior Johnny Waters saw quite a bit of action in the backfield.

“We return three starters on the offensive line, but we got most of our offensive backfield back from last year, so it’s a situation where we wanted to see some kids in situations and see our depth in action,” Williams said. “Those kids work hard, so they need to get those reps, and we’re a running football team, so we need several backs.”

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On defense, Gallatin had trouble containing a PJP II offense that started out aggressively.

Senior Jamaal Thompson took the first carry against the Gallatin defense 60 yards for a touchdown.

Thompson was not done, as a few plays later, Brooks found him for a 26-yard touchdown strike.

Gallatin senior quarterback Wyatt Hayes calls out signals prior to a play against West Creek during Friday’s scrimmage.

Gallatin senior quarterback Wyatt Hayes calls out signals prior to a play against West Creek during Friday’s scrimmage.

Gallatin did manage to keep West Creek out of the end zone, while limiting the Coyotes to one first down.

“We did some positive things tonight on defense, but we can’t make some of the mistakes that we did, and we’re better than we showed tonight,” Williams said. “A lot of it had to do with Pope John Paul – they’re a really good football team.”

PJP II managed to get a lot of work in, with Thompson carrying the bulk of the carries with the first team offense.

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Senior Pace Dempsey got in some work as well in the backfield for the Knights, and senior C.J. Laws managed to make plays on both offense and defense.

Laws caught a 43-yard touchdown pass from Brooks, then completed a pass on the next series, and came up with an interception of Gallatin junior quarterback Collin Minor later in the scrimmage.

Pope John Paul II High senior Cameron Scott celebrates after a tackle against Gallatin during Friday’s scrimmage.

Pope John Paul II High senior Cameron Scott celebrates after a tackle against Gallatin during Friday’s scrimmage.

“We looked good with the varsity tonight, and though we got sloppy late with our 2’s and 3’s (second and third teams), overall we were pleased,” PJP II second-year head coach Justin Geisinger said. “We’ve got several kids back at the skill position that have played two and three years, and they are making plays for us.”

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Minor did connect on a 25-yard reception to senior Matthew Knight, which was the longest gain against PJP II of the evening, but Laws’ interception on the ensuing play snuffed out the drive.

“We’re not worried about anyone on our schedule right now, but we’re worried about PJP II football,” Geisinger said. “We improved from our scrimmage against Sycamore, and did well against a good Gallatin team tonight.”

PJP II will host Portland Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., while Gallatin hosts Wilson Central next Friday evening in its “First Look” scrimmage.

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