After two scrimmages, Quitman Head Coach Bryan Oakes and his staff are looking forward to their first test, the season home opener against Big Sandy on Friday. The Bulldogs came out of Thursday’s scrimmage with Como-Pickton without major injuries and the Bulldogs played well in most situations.
“We know Big Sandy is going to be tough. They are ranked high in the state polls and have 23 seniors on their team. They feel like this is their year,” Oakes said. “We feel we have come a long way since practice started three weeks ago. Our kids are beginning to understand what we are doing on offense and defense.”
In the Como-Pickton scrimmage, the Bulldogs moved the ball well on the ground and showed promise through the air. Running back A.J. Dunn did a good job following the blocking of an offensive line anchored by Sebastian Howle. Quarterback Josh Medlin tossed a 33-yard touchdown pass to Garrett Taylor who made the catch, shook off a defender and raced into the end zone.
Taylor also had a bright defensive moment using his speed to catch and stop an Eagle runner after he broke free. The Bulldogs basically held the Eagle run game in check although Como-Pickton did score once after a solid drive.
“Both of our quarterbacks, Trey Berry and Josh Medlin did a good job against Como. Medlin looked good throwing the ball,” Oakes added. “We still have a long way to go to be where we want to be, but these kids are getting better every day. I tell my guys, don’t believe the hype when you are doing great and don’t believe the negativity when you hear it. We have to keep doing what we do the best we can. We have to keep our feet on the ground and work.”
Big Sandy comes into the game ranked in the state’s top 20 led by 23 seniors who want to make this a banner year for Coach Larry Minter’s Wildcats. The Wildcats have nine returning starters on offense and eight on defense.
Talented running back Seth Burk returns after a junior season where he ran for over 1,600 yards and scored 26 touchdowns and has 4.44 speed. Complimenting Burk is junior speedster Khameron Pippins who ran for 1,750 years and 24 touchdowns as a sophomore. Senior Brayden Jewel led the teams to seven wins and the playoffs last year at the quarterback spot.
The Bulldogs will entertain Big Sandy at Bud Moody Stadium Friday night at 7:30 p.m.