MABEN – Things could not have gone much better after two possessions for the West Oktibbeha Timberwolves during their jamboree against the Montgomery County Hornets Friday.
West Oktibbeha sophomore quarterback Von Smith hit senior wide receiver Josh Poe for touchdown passes of 28 yards and 24 yards, then the offense stalled for several possessions.
It was a night of taking the good and the bad for the Timberwolves as they look ahead to next week's season-opener at West Lowndes.
"We didn't execute like we should have," West Oktibbeha coach Adam Lowrey said. "Even when some of the plays went well, we didn't execute. That's the biggest thing that hurt us."
The next three possessions for the Timberwolves resulted in a lost fumble, turnover on downs and a punt.
Smith, who completed 12 of 20 pass attempts for 148 yards in the two quarters, accepted the blame when things weren't going well offensively.
"Half of it was my mistakes," Smith said. "I was rushing out of the pocket and being so anxious. I should have took my time.
"This is going to help because we can build off our mistakes and we can just practice even harder."
Lowrey was glad to hear his young quarterback own up to his miscues and knows he'll become a better player for it.
"What I tell my quarterback is that if you listen to me, I'm going to take you to the promise land," Lowrey said. "When they are listening, everybody has a part and they are all playing, they looked fine.
"People learn to grow after they fall down and mess up. That's when they mature. When things are going well all the time, you don't see your mistakes. The young men that I have are not pleased because they know they messed up and they know I'm not pleased."
After Montgomery County scored a touchdown of its own on the final play of the first quarter, West Oktibbeha got its final points midway through the second quarter on a 1-yard run by Dwight Quinn.
The Timberwolves allowed one more touchdown to the Hornets down the stretch, but ended up out-scoring the visitors 19-15.
A brief rain shower in the first quarter gave way to nice conditions with a pleasant breeze that cooled things off.
"It was nice for August and I wish we could have played a little longer, but it was still good because some teams aren't even playing," Lowrey said. "We need practice. We need as much practice as we can get."