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Devils participate in three-way scrimmage

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By Goose Lindsay

The Harriman Blue Devils played their second and final full-scale scrimmage of the fall Tuesday evening as the Blue Devils hosted Pigeon Forge and York Institute.

The Devils would lose on the scoreboard against both teams by identical 7-0 scores, but Harriman head coach Travis Tapp wasn't as concerned about the score as he was about getting his team ready for next Friday's season opener at Monterey.

“We're scrimmaging some very good teams,” Tapp said. “Tonight we scrimmaged a 3A and 4A team. We think this will help us prepare for our schedule and our first game against Monterey.” 

Tapp's main focus during Tuesday's depth was building depth as Harriman enters the season with some positions on the roster that are a little thin.

“Our goal tonight was to look at a lot of kids and I think we done that,” he said. “Defensively, we only spent about 10 minutes preparing for what they did. We were focused more on our kids getting to the football and hitting.”

As a whole, Harriman's defense gave up 162 yards combined to the Tigers and Dragons. Pigeon Forge scored on a nine-yard pass to cap a, 8-play, 80-yard drive while York Institute scored on a seven-yard run that capped a 6-play, 80-yard drive.

Offensively, Harriman's day was one of good and bad news. The good news was that Harriman moved the ball well when they held on to the ball. The bad news was that Harriman put the ball on the ground five times with the defense recovering three of those fumbles.

Harriman's first drive of the night against was their best as the Devils put together an incredible 24-play drive that started at their own 20 and ended at the Pigeon Forge one yard line. Unfortunately for the Blue Devils, play 24 was a fumble recovered by the Tigers.

“We did a better job of moving the ball tonight but we've got to cut down on the turnovers,” Tapp said. 

Lucas Lunsford led Harriman on the night with 11 carries for 51 yards while Tyler Stubbs and Cole McAbee combined for 40 yards on 12 carries.

Harriman QB Hunter Jenkins completed three of five passes for 37 yards with Chris Works hauling in two passes for 28 yards.

Harriman will play tonight (Friday) in the Roane County Jamboree against Oliver Springs, but Tapp says his team's focus now will be on putting the finishing touches on their game plan for Monterey next week.

“We'll go back and work the basics; we'll be fine-tuning everything for next week,” Tapp said. “Our coaches will make a list of everything we think we need to get done before next week and that's what we'll be working on. This preseason has been short, but we're all in the same boat.”

Harriman Statistics

Rushing- Lunsford 11-51 Stubbs 6-15, McAbee 6-25, Team 4-0.

Passing- Jenkins 3-5 for 37 yards.

 Receiving- Works 2-28, Inman 1-9.