Photo by Sherri MadisonWayne Highfield, a senior, makes a leaping grab in Friday’s scrimmage.
Photo by Sherri Madison

Wayne Highfield, a senior, makes a leaping grab in Friday’s scrimmage.
GREENCASTLE-Football is back and it was about time. The 2014 Southmont team enjoyed the great weather and hitting someone in another jersey for the first time this year.

Although the play was a bit rusty and sloppy from both teams, there were some flashes of good football. The Mounties scored seven times in the first three segments of the scrimmage and came away with two takeaways on defense.

The start was especially inconsistent and the Mounties went the first segment of the scrimmage without moving the ball much. However, the defense came up big with two turnovers and then the Mounties settled down to complete the final two segments looking much more poised.

They moved the ball in their option game and even went 6-of-8 in the air.

"We have talked lately about coming out of the gate strong and that was a goal for us tonight. It didn't happen like we wanted and we'll have to continue to try to figure it out," Mountie coach Desson Hannum said.

Although there are many returning players for Southmont, several of them are playing in new positions or playing both sides of the ball for the first time, including senior captains Mitch Dehne at quarterback and Caleb Martin moving to linebacker from the defensive line. Coach Hannum noted, "There is a learning curve for all those guys but they have football savvy and varsity experience."

The scrimmage is always a fun time as the junior varsity unit gets to compete right after the varsity in a couple of segments. The young guys came out and played aggressively with their older teammates cheering them on. Coach Hannum said he was pleased.

"I thought the young kids played well tonight and were ready to hit, be physical, and do their job."

Hannum said the Mounties will take tonight's game film and get ready for Friday's opener at Fountain Central.

"Getting the first game film is important for the team to learn from. We'll take a look at it with them in the morning and show them the positives and the negatives from the night so that we can become a better team for next week."

Kickoff for the season opener in Veedersburg in slated for 7 p.m.