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Gators scrimmage powerhouse MDS

     Bulloch Academy culminated its 2010 football camp Thursday night the way it has been done for over three decades.
     "What's better than the five Fs," said Gator head coach Clint Morgan. "Fellowship, food, family, fun and football. We had a great crowd for our annual scrimmage and the traditional Peanut Boil afterward. It's going to be a good year."
     The Gators dressed out 39 players for a controlled, full-contact scrimmage with the Memorial Day School Blue Thunder, the two-time defending Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) Class AA state champions. With the ball placed at each team's own 40-yard line, the squads ran 10 offensive plays each then 10 defensive plays for approximately an hour and 15 minutes. No score was kept.
     On Bulloch's initial offensive series, the Gators had big plays on their first, third and fourth tries. The first, a 60-yard option scamper by senior wingback Ellis Lane, was just a continuation of last year's potent running attack which saw Lane go over 1,000 yards for the season.
    Fellow senior Morris Prince threw a key downfield block to spring the speedster.
     The second big play was a 60-yard sprint by senior Lestonz Lewis, who took the pitch from senior quarterback Brandon Walker and threaded his way through his blockers and Memorial tacklers. In the spring, Lewis was the GISA Class AA state champion in the 100 and 200-meter dashes.
     The third was a deep throw from Walker to junior wide receiver Jaylen Evans, who made a sweet over-the-shoulder grab. Walker hit Evans in full stride.
     "Team speed is going to be one of our strong suits this year," said Morgan. "We have a lot of offensive weapons. We've got a line that's getting better every day. That makes for a pretty good recipe."
     Defensively, senior noseguard Blaine Lovett created havoc with his quickness. Junior defensive end Clayton Rogers and senior linebacker James Brack looked good as well.
     "We had a great week at camp," said Morgan. "The kids worked hard. What really impressed me more than anything was how well the kids bonded. They really love being with each other. Team unity was truly fantastic."