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The Rockwood Tigers’ first scrimmage of the fall had its ups and downs Friday evening at Cookeville, but those ups and downs weren’t exactly what 19th year head coach John Webb was looking for from his squad.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do,” Webb said. “We played well at times, but we had a lull the middle of the way through and we’ve got to learn to play hard from beginning to end.”
The Tigers were scrimmaging against White House-Heritage, Livingston Academy and Jackson County at Tennessee Tech University, and the scrimmage was played on a 40-yard field, so there wasn’t a good way to keep score, but Rockwood did have its moments.
Offensively, the Tigers varsity unit rolled up 401 yards of total offense on 46 plays. Most of the yardage was gained on the ground as the Tigers ran the ball 36 times for 317 yards.
Senior Drake Long led the Tiger attack as he carried the ball 14 times for 130 yards. He also caught two passes for 57 yards.
Senior FB Jason Gaus was next in line with 46 yards rushing while junior QB Will Warner had a solid showing with 84 yards passing.
Rockwood, however, turned the ball over four times on the evening and that angered Coach Webb.
“Turnovers are huge,” he said. “I told the guys that it doesn’t matter who we play, we won’t win when we turn the ball over that much.”
Rockwood had some problems on defense as well. The three opponents combined for 281 yards rushing and 107 yards passing on the evening.
“I don’t think we tackled very well and we didn’t move well to the ball at times,” Webb said. “We’re going to have to improve in those areas.”
Improvement is something Coach Webb hopes to see this Thursday when the Tigers host Sunbright in a scrimmage at Civitan Field.
“We’ve got to keep working to get better,” he said. “We’ve got to continue working on our fundamentals and conditioning.”
After Thursday’s scrimmage against Sunbright, the Tigers will have one full-scale scrimmage next week against Scott before taking on Sunbright again next Friday in the 2014 Roane County Jamboree at Oliver Springs.
The Tigers open the regular season at Oneida on Friday, Aug. 22.