Bears outscore McCallie at scrimmage

Ground game, 1st team D excel in evening session
Aug. 04, 2013 @ 11:59 AM

The Sevier County Bears used long session at McCallie School in Chattanooga this past Wednesday to access where they stand with three weeks to go until their first game of the 2013 gridiron season.

Though the team outscored McCallie in an evening scrimmage, overall the reviews were mixed from head coach Steve Brewer.

“There were parts that went very good and parts that were not so pleasing,” the veteran coach said Saturday. “(But) that’s something that you want to find out now. We’ve got to be more consistent.

“Any time you step on the field you’ve got to be ready, and we got there that morning we weren’t ready.

“Everybody wasn’t together,” the coach continued. “We had some areas that were alright and some that weren’t very good at all.

“The evening session went much better, especially with our first units.”

In the evening session, a game-type scrimmage, the team played head-to-head against McCallie School with officials and a game clock.

The teams had to earn first downs rather than getting a set number of plays of offense.

“You had to get first downs to maintain drives, and I was pleased,” Brewer said. “The first offense scored three times in a half, and first defense didn’t give up any points.”

Offensively, the Bears got two TDs on the ground and one through the air.

“(Senior) Joseph Hayes, (sophomore) Dorian Banks and (junior) Zach Sauls had most of the looks with the first unit and they’re good ball carriers,” Brewer said. “Dorian had a nice long run for a touchdown and Joseph had another run for a score.

“I was pleased with our running backs, they ran really well. We moved the ball well in that scrimmage,” Brewer said.

The Bears’ third TD came with second-team QB Austin Rice running the show with the first team. He hit sophomore teammate Devante Matthews for the score to cap off a nice Sevier County drive.

Defensively, Brewer said he was also pleased with his starters.

“(Defensive end) Bailey Fields came in and made some nice plays, and Hunter Miniard, a safety, made some nice plays,” the coach said.

Brewer said his second team, which gave up a score in the session, needs to improve.

“Our seconds got a lot of work and they need more work. There guys we’re counting on,” he said. “But they got good exposure and good reps. They just didn’t do as well as we’d hoped they would.

“We expect the same level of performance as the guys who they’re replacing. The effort was there, but they just didn’t execute very well.”

Special special teams?

One area that performed well in kicking scrimmage at McCallie was the Bears’ special teams.

Transfer kicker Paul Butuza, a junior transfer from the Tri-Cities, will help Sevier County tremendously this season.

“Right now getting used to the snap, used to the holder,” Brewer said. “He did hit a 47-yard field goal, and that’s encouraging. That was one thing we felt like we were missing with Jared Baxter graduating. He did such a good job for us.

“We feel like (Butuza’s) got good potential.”

Brewer said he also feels like his return teams should excel this season.

“I was very pleased by our kickoff return,” he said. “We’ve got some guys back there that we feel like can make some exciting things happen.”