Skyhawks dominate Boone scrimmages

Ron Gregory

August 27, 2013

MADISON — A large crowd greeted the 2013 high school football season at Scott High’s stadium, Friday, August 23. During the eventful evening, special pre-game ceremonies were held along with scrimmages featuring all of the county’s high school teams — Scott, Sherman and Van.

Three separate scrimmages were held during the 2013 Boone County Grid Classic, with local fans getting their first look at the three squads.

Two 15-minute quarters were played with a continuously running clock, except when stopped by game officials. That meant the action was fast and furious once the scrimmages got underway at about 7:15 p.m.

Prior to the start of the contests, pre-game ceremonies featured local public officials and others. Shirts for game staff were provided by Driven Knights and State Senator Ron Stollings of Madison.

The evening was dominated, as expected, by the Scott Skyhawks. The Hawks are a Class AA high school, compared to Van and Sherman, both of which are Single A. The larger reserve of players was obvious as Scott simply wore down opponents in the two scrimmages they played.

First up, Scott roared out to a 28-0 lead on Sherman. The Hawks led, 21-0, at the 11:38 mark of the second period and raised it to 28-0 with 5:18 flashing on the scoreboard clock.

With 1:44 remaining, Sherman scored its lone touchdown, making the final score 28-7.

In the middle scrimmage of the evening, Van appeared overwhelming against Sherman. When the contest ended, the Bulldogs had an 18-0 victory. Van prevailed throughout, with their opponent showing very little offensive power.

The final scrimmage of the evening was also lopsided, with Scott defeating Van, 21-0.

After the game, Scott Coach Shane Griffith praised his young team. He was particularly pleased with the performance of the offensive line, which is fairly new this season.

Griffith also complimented senior quarterback Cody Brown, saying he brings a “great deal of versatility” to this year’s team. The coach also praised his quarterback for “having total command of the field. That especially shows under pressure.”

The regular season kicks off this Friday evening for all three local schools.

Scott will travel to Falling Rock in Kanawha County to meet Cardinal Conference rival Herbert Hoover. Sherman goes to Tug Valley with the hope of getting an early-season “w” on the schedule. The Van Bulldogs make the trip to Meadow Bridge. All three games start at 7:30 p.m., Friday evening, August 30.

Home debuts for all three are set for the following week, September 6. Class AAA Lincoln County travels to Madison to meet the Skyhawks; playoff contender Calhoun County from Grantsville visits Seth to take on the Tide; and Paden City makes the long drive to Van to meet the Dogs. Kick-off for those games is also set for 7:30 p.m.

Proceeds from the Boone Classic were split evenly among the three county teams, organizers said.