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The scoreboard at Rockwood's Civitan Field wasn't turned on for Thursday's scrimmage between the host Tigers and visiting Scott Highlanders, but if it was on it would have got quite a workout as the Tigers and Highlanders had no trouble moving the ball in a two-hour scrimmage that would see Scott come out on top, 33-28.
Tiger head coach John Webb, however, knew his defense would have problems against the Highlanders' high-octane spread offense led by 2,000-yard passer Jacob Sexton.
"Scott County has obviously got a good offensive football team," Webb said. "So many teams are going to the spread now and we definitely need to work against it. We didn't make the plays we needed to against them. We tackled poorly at times and we had some breakdowns in our secondary, but we'll learn from this."
Big plays were what hurt the Tigers defense the most as four of Scott's five touchdowns came on plays of 64 yards or more.
Scott's first touchdown came on a 64-yard touchdown run and they later added an 80-yard scoring run from Sexton. Sexton also had touchdown passes of 79 and 72 yards in the scrimmage.
All-in-all, Scott's varsity offense amassed 441 yards of offense on 36 plays.
Rockwood, however, matched the Highlanders score for score as Rockwood scored on all four of their varsity possessions.
The Tigers first score came when Dillon Deardorff capped an eight-play, 70-yard drive with a 15-yard run.
Rockwood's next drive was a 12-play, 70-yard drive that ended with Jared Breazeale scoring on a seven-yard run. The score was set up by a 28-yard pass from QB Lucas Jolley to Ethan Headrick.
Rockwood's third drive also lasted 12 plays as this time Jolley capped a 72-yard drive with an eight-yard run.
Rockwood's final scoring drive lasted 10 plays and covered 68 yards. The touchdown came on a 29-yard pass from Jolley to Brendan Kirkland.
As a team, Rockwood ended the evening with 299 yards of offense on 42 plays.
Most of the yardage came on the ground as nine different Tiger ball carriers combined for 185 yards on 32 carries.
"Offensively, I thought we made some plays tonight," Webb said. "We did a much better job up front. We've still got a ways to go and we need to settle on a first group up front, but tonight was a step in the right direction."
Jolley added 114 yards and a touchdown through the air on six of 10 passing.
"Lucas did a good job of running our offense," Webb said. "We also had some guys step up and make some catches for us."
When all was said and done, Webb thought his Tigers got a lot out of the scrimmage.
"We got better tonight," he said. "We were able to work on a lot of stuff and we were able to play a lot of players."
Next up for Rockwood is Friday's Roane County Jamboree in Harriman where the Tigers will take on Oneida. The Tigers will also scrimmage Oliver Springs the following week before taking on Sweetwater at home in the season opener on Friday, Aug. 27.
"We're just going to continue to go out and work hard each day to get better," Webb said.
Rushing- Smith 4-14, Deardorff 4-37 with 1 TD, Cisson 5-22, Boles 3-14, Campbell 4-25, Breazeale 4-30 with 1 TD, Jolley 2-11 with 1 TD, Headrick 3-20, Humphreys 3-12.
Passing- Jolley 6-10 for 114 yards with 1 TD.
Receiving- Boles 2-22, Kirkland 2-41 with 1 TD, Headrick 1-28, Freels 1-22.