Volunteers learn from scrimmage
School was still in session for members of the Starkville Academy football team Friday night.
Even though the players weren't in a classroom setting, they were learning lessons on the football field.
The Volunteers hosted the Leake Academy Rebels in a two-hour scrimmage at J.E. Logan Field and SA coach Jeff Terrill found out plenty about his squad.
"A scrimmage is unique because you don't have a complete game setting," Terrill said. "We certainly did some good things.
"I'm a little bit disappointed because I thought we were a little bit further along, but Leake taught us a lot of valuable lessons. We see some weaknesses we've got to work on and I just really believe these young men are going to keep working and we're going to get better."
Both teams used various combinations throughout the scrimmage which Terrill said made it difficult to keep a consistent flow going.
"Both groups are substituting and we're not substituting equal so sometimes we had some guys out there who were a little bit out of whack," Terrill said. "They got the same amount of reps.
"In the middle of the scrimmage, I thought we had real good intensity, then at the end, we seemed to fade away. It was a great learning tool for us."
The Vols were able to find the end zone a few times as quarterback Kyle Henson had a couple of nice throws that went for scores.
Henson also threw an interception which Terrill said came at the end on an attempted trick play.
"The pick was something we really haven't run," Terrill said. "Kyle probably graded out around a B and did some good things. The most disappointing thing was the protection when we tried to throw the football."
Starkville Academy hosts "Meet the Vols Night" on Thursday before traveling to Jackson Academy for a jamboree on Friday.