The Franklin County High School Rebels held an intrasquad scrimmage at the high school on Friday as part of their annual preseason picnic and pep rally hosted by the Quarterback Club.
Franklin County head football coach Cary “Mac” McCurry said the event was a good way for his players to tune up before the start of the season while also drawing support from the community.
“We had a really good turnout which is part of why we have this event on this particular night. It pulls the team, the cheerleaders, the band and the community all together in a more intimate setting,” McCurry said. “I think it winds up giving our young men a feeling of support.”
The opening portion of the scrimmage saw the varsity offense playing the varsity defense for six drives with players being shuffled in and out as needed.
The first drive saw the Rebels’ offense score a touchdown when Riley Ingle connected with Dakota Waggoner on a touchdown pass.
The defense did some scoring on its own on the next drive as Anthony Seno picked off a pass and ran it all the way back for a touchdown.
Following a punt on their third drive, the offensive Rebels got the chains moving again on the fourth drive with Tahj Taylor pushing the ball into the end zone for a touchdown.
Taylor broke off a long touchdown run shortly after to end the fifth drive with another score for the offense.
The defense of the Rebels closed out the varsity portion of the event on a high note as they forced a punt on their final drive.
The freshmen portion of the scrimmage was dominated by the offense as the freshmen offensive players scored touchdowns on all five of their drives.
Ke’Andre Johnson contributed to all five scores as he threw four touchdown passes and ran one in himself to round out the scoring.
Na’Zaiyah Holman and Nashawn Holman each caught two touchdown passes during the freshmen portion of the scrimmage.
Following the scrimmage portion of the event, players were formally introduced to the spectators and those in attendance enjoyed free food courtesy of the Quarterback Club.
McCurry said he saw some things his team will need to work on before the start of the season, but the scrimmage as a whole was a move in the right direction;
“I think we made great progress. We made another step toward where we want to be as a football team,” McCurry said.
The Rebels will open their season on Friday at home against Coffee County Central High School. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.