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Jackets battle Dragons, injuries in final scrimmage

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By Brownie Rose

 

After a cancellation last Friday, the York Institute Dragons did fulfill their scheduled visit to Kingston for a scrimmage on Tuesday. 

Kingston was outscored 5-2 in the scrimmage, but Yellow Jacket coach Brian Pankey was encouraged by some phases of his team. 

“We played more aggressive than we did last Friday at Midway and I was happy with the play of the front seven on defense,” he said. “We had a couple of injuries in our defensive backfield so York was able to score on a couple of passes, but we didn't give up much yardage on the ground.”

Another major injury for the Jackets would see starting quarterback Paul Bolden sitting out because of a concussion. He will have to sit out for a mandatory 10 days from Monday, but should be ready to play in Kingston’s first regular season game Grace Christian on Friday, Aug. 29.

Preston Edmonds took over the duties at quarterback for Kingston and did a good job. Edmonds was 10 of 16 passing for 64 yards. The only mistake came on his first throw which was intercepted and York turned it into a quick six points on their first offensive play.

Michael Daley was the top target for Edmonds catching five throws for 43 yards.  Cody Mitchell had one catch for three yards, but the catch would be for the second Yellow Jacket touchdown.

Rhett Jones was the leading rusher for Kingston carrying 14 times for 55 yards and a touchdown to end the third possession.

Maurice Lane added seven runs for 45 more yards. Lane also caught one pass for a 26-yard gain.

Kingston ended the scrimmage with 278 yards of total offense in 54 plays. The Jackets ran for 178 yards on 36 carries. They added 100 more yards passing completing 12 of 18 passes.

Kingston’s final test of the fall will take place Friday when the Jackets take on Oneida in the 2014 Roane County Football Jamboree at Oliver Springs. The Indians are expected to be on of the top teams in Class 2A this season.