ONE THING I’VE learned in 29 years as a coach and/or analyst is that you can learn a lot from a scrimmage.
Here’s some notes from a couple of early match-ups:
Sumter looked good moving the ball on the ground and with the short pass. They will struggle this year if they try to throw the ball deep. Defensively, the Gamecocks looked good against the run.
Dutch Fork moved the ball well on the ground. Running back Matthew Colburn got limited touches but senior Walter Roberson had a solid performance. Dutch Fork will be fine on the defensive side. Its offensive line is huge but didn’t blow me away between the tackles. Their tight end set is second to none.
North Augusta might have its best roster in a while and should be a strong contender for the Region V crown.
Against Brookland-Cayce, more of the same for the Vikings. The offensive front was dominating and the Vikings moved the ball well on the ground. Running back Ryan Lee was impressive in that scrimmage. Josh Harlan has moved to inside linebacker and Christian Miller was unblockable.
Brookland-Cayce’s passing game will struggle this year. They have several running backs who are better than average but they need to tighten up on defense.
York has a good junior quarterback in Dashawn Andrews (6-3, 230), but he needs to mature at thate position.