Selma, Ellwood and Meadowview suit up for spring games

Published 10:17 pm Monday, May 16, 2016

The Selma Saints, Ellwood Christian Eagles and Meadowview Christian Trojans each played their spring football games at the end of last week on the road.

Ellwood played at Holy Spirit in Tuscaloosa on Thursday and tied 0-0. Selma lost to Robert E. Lee Friday on the road 36-10. Meadowview traveled to Cahawba Christian in a scrimmage game Friday in which the score was not kept.

Although Ellwood’s offense struggled to finish drives Thursday, Eagles head coach Trey Pike said he was proud of the way his defense performed, shutting out the opponent.

“Defense played really well,” Pike said. “I thought we picked up on what we’re wanting to do defensively pretty well.”

Pike said the two players who really stood out were offensive and defensive lineman Larry McGary and quarterback and outside linebacker Taylor Ellis.

Pike said Ellis has earned the starting quarterback position for now.

“He came in and played pretty well,” Pike said of Ellis. “He ran the ball well. Threw the ball well. He’s just got to get comfortable with a new group of guys blocking for him.”

While there were some players on the field the entire time do to Ellwood’s small roster numnbers, Pike feels good about his team’s mentality heading into the summer.

“We don’t have that many guys, but the majority of guys I do have, they’re willing to work and put in the extra time and effort to be successful,” Pike said.

Selma’s new head coach Keon Handley was not coaching in Selma’s spring football game Friday, but he was on the sidelines observing. Handley said he thinks defense will be the strength of his team this season, but he noticed an area the unit needs to improve upon.

“We did not tackle well,” Handley said. “That is something we’re going to have to work on defensively.”

Handley was thankful his team had the opportunity to play against Robert E. Lee, an opponent that was able to test Selma and expose some of the Saints’ weaknesses.

For the spring game, Selma stuck with the formations the players were used to from last year. Now that the spring game is over and Handley has seen what each player brings to the team, he’s ready to introduce his players to the spread offense.

After looking at his players’ speed and athleticism at the spring game, Handley is excited to make the change.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the implementation of the spread offense with some of the weapons that we have,” Handley said.

Although there was no final score in Meadowview’s road game at Cahawba Christian, Trojans head coach Lebo Jones estimates Cahawba scored five touchdowns and Meadowview scored three touchdowns.

Meadowview is entering into its second season of six-man football, and Jones expects it to be Meadowview’s last. He said there are more players interested in playing football this season, and he believes this will give players more chances to sub in and out for each other.

With no seniors and plenty of junior high players on the team, Jones said his team still has to work on fundamental skills like blocking and tackling before the start of the season.

“Overall, I thought we performed well, but I saw a lot of improvement we need to make,” Jones said.

About Justin Fedich

Staff writer for The Selma Times-Journal.

email author More by Justin