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Gators pleased with first scrimmage
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Bulloch Academy's Matt Simons, center, tries to keep his helmet on as he is triple-teamed by Memorial Day blockers during Thursday's scrimmage.
           Bulloch Academy fans got their first look at the Gators’ football team Thursday night at Gator Alley where BA took on Memorial Day School in a controlled scrimmage in unseasonably cool conditions.

            No score, nor time, was kept in the contest. Each team got ten plays on offense whether or not a score or turnover occurred.

            Afterwards, BA coach Morgan said he was pleased with what he saw on the field.

            “I thought it went great,” he said. “We got a lot accomplished. We came out after about 14 or 15 practices this week and showed that our conditioning has paid off — and I was just real pleased with what we showed on the field both execution wise, but mainly discipline wise. If our guys continue to play like this and show the discipline they showed tonight, we’re going to get better week-to-week and be ready come August 28.”

            A light crowd was on hand for the festivities, which included the Gridiron Greats Peanut Boil immediately after the game. It’s likely most of them were talking about the performance of David Poole — BA’s shifty tailback who appears to be the main offensive weapon for the Gators in ‘08.

            “I just have a great line, I run behind them and I just try and do the best I can,” said Poole. “We’ve all (still) got to work. I’ve got to work, the line’s got to work — we’ve all got to work together.”

            The Gators are coming off an 8-3 season in which they barely missed making the GISA state playoffs despite a highly powered offensive team. On Thursday BA struggled at times moving the ball when they had it in their possession.

            “The offense is going to be behind at this point in any season for any team,” said Morgan. “For (Memorial) to come in here and run all the stunts that they were running defensively I thought we did a good job picking ‘em up. We’ve installed six offensive plays so it was hard for us to adjust to what they were doing defensively.”

            Morgan added he was surprisingly pleased with the play of his secondary, which for the most part held the Blue Thunder’s passing game in check.

            The Gators plan to have another scrimmage, this time against St. Vincent’s on Friday, August 15.

            Bulloch opens the season Thursday, August 28 against David Emanuel Academy. They’ll face Memorial in a game that matters on Oct. 24 for Senior Night.


            Chad Bishop can be reached at (912) 489-9408.