Meadowview, Morgan match up

Published 12:15 am Saturday, August 15, 2009

SELMA — Friday’s scrimmage between Morgan Academy and Meadowview Christian School was eye-opening for both first-year head coaches.

While both coaches saw preseason glitches, they were pleased with the workout’s outcome.

“I was pleased with a lot of things,” said Meadowview coach Kenny Strong, whose school hosted the scrimmage. “I was pleased with some of the positions, and I was pleased with our first-team defense.”

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Meadowview scored two quick touchdowns to open the scrimmage, which was played on a 40-yard field as each team took turns on offense for a set number of plays.

Morgan, however, grabbed the momentum as the workout continued.

“Our players weren’t afraid; we got a couple of touchdowns early,” Strong said.

Morgan coach Brian King said the quick TDs didn’t really surprise him.

“That’s what we expected with all the injuries and the younger players in there,” he said. “Overall, I was proud of our players.”

Not just on one side of the ball, King added.

“The inside guys — tackles and guards — surprised me,” he said. “The offense, they didn’t really get stopped.”

Strong said he could see a couple of areas that need improvement.

“We need a little more aggression,” he said. “And we need to play as a team, not as individuals. Toward the end there, we had players trying to cover for other people.”

Strong and King both said the experience was good for both teams. Meadowview will get the earliest chance to test the results when the Trojans host Tuscaloosa next Friday.

“We will be watching the video from the scrimmage Monday and we’ll be able to study where we need to work,” Strong said.

King, whose Senators open the season Aug. 28 when Pike Lib visits, said the event ended on a positive note.

“It was good for the city, to come together like that,” he said. “After the game, both teams all got together, said a prayer and broke it down.”