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’Cats, Eagles tangle in 7-on-7 action

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By Goose Lindsay

The Oliver Springs Bobcats traveled to Oakdale late last week for some 7-on-7 work at Hollis Eble Field.

For Oliver Springs, Friday’s contest was the second and final passing of the summer for the Bobcats. In their first passing scrimmage a week earlier, the Bobcats were left looking for reliable targets for sophomore QB Brandon Buck to throw to.
That question might have been answered as Devil Poole put on a show Friday, hauling in 10 catches for 230 yards, and he found the end zone five times on what was a 50-yard field.
“He’s a first-year player that we think will be a big player for us,” Bobcat assistant coach Mike Neal said. “He’s been working hard, and he did a good job with his keys tonight.”
Poole’s big night allowed Buck to throw for 410 yards, completing 27 of 41 attempts. Buck threw a total of six TDs on the evening, four to Poole, and one each to Shelby Morgan and Jonathan Huckaby.
Backup QB Anthony Woods added 54 yards passing and a TD to Poole. All-in-all, the Bobcats ha 464 yards passing on the day.
“Brandon threw it better today,” Neal said. “We need him to make his reads quicker, but he did a good job or protecting the football and making good decisions for the most part.”
Woods was Oliver Springs’ second leading receiver on the night with six catches for 78 yards.
Oakdale also put up solid numbers, as Eagle QBs Aaron Powers and Austin Helton combined to complete 38 of 65 passes for 373 yards and 4 TDs. Powers took the majority of the snaps, completing 26 of 45 for 262 yards with 3 TDs while Helton, a freshman, completed 12 of 20 passes for 111 yards and 1 TD.
“Not bad,” is what Oakdale head coach J.R. Voyles said following the scrimmage. “Passing league is what it is in that you put up some gaudy stats, but we got in some good work tonight. This will help get our timing down on offense.”
Like Oliver Springs, the Eagles also had a big play receiver as Andrew Hill hauled in 13 passes for 142 yards.
“Andrew has a good set of hands,” Voyles said. “He’s going to play a slot and that’s a very important role for us. We look for him to have a good season.”
Logan Cox was next in line for Oakdale with nine catches for 66 yards with a TD.
Despite allowing a total of 67 completions for 837 yards, both coaches felt their defenses made some strides.
“We got to work on a lot of things today and that’s the big thing,” Voyles said. “We played a lot of kids and worked on a lot of coverages.”
“We saw a big improvement in our coverage tonight from our linebackers and secondary,” Neal added. “We didn’t give up a lot of big plays and we came away with some interceptions.”
Woods, Markus Miller, Jordan Miller, Eddie Stephenson and Derek Tinker all picked off passes for Oliver Springs while Powers and Bradley Mathis picked off passes for Oakdale.
Both teams will spend this week conditioning in preparation for practicing in full pads for the first time on Monday. Both teams will hold their first full contact scrimmage next Friday. Oakdale hosts Midway while Oliver Springs travels to Corryton to take on Gibbs and Austin-East.