Chapel Hill coach Justin DeShon and his Heard County counterpart Tim Barron echoed each other in their post scrimmage remarks.
Both head coaches were pleased with what they saw, and more importantly, happy that they came out of Friday’s scrimmage with no injuries.
The teams played to a 14-14 tie on a muggy late summer night as they prepared for the upcoming season.
This was Heard County’s second straight scrimmage as the Braves open the season at home against South Atlanta in a non-region contest next week.
Chapel Hill will be idle next week before hosting Fayette County in its season-opener.
“I thought it was a good effort by both teams,” DeShon said. “The main thing is that we both came out of it healthy. I’m very pleased with our offense as we chewed up some yards. It was the first time that nine of our guys took the field as starters. I thought we did well on defense. We will have to go back and make some corrections.”
Heard County’s heralded quarterback Emory Jones only played a quarter, leading the Braves to a 7-0 lead. The Ohio State commit broke a lone 50-yard run to set up the game’s first squad.
Chapel Hill would counter with a pair of Tyre Shelton touchdown receptions to take a 14-7 lead in the second quarter.
The Panthers missed out on a pair of scoring opportunities later in the game, but DeShon seemed pleased at what he saw.
“We got some big guys up front and speed on the field,” DeShon said. “We have a good mix.”
Both teams played their reserves in the second half. Barron said he is looking for a little more from his reserves as the team head into its first game.
“We got to create more depth,” Barron said. “We are little banged up and some kids couldn’t play. When you are a Double-A school, you need depth. Our maturity level has to come up. I’m pretty excited about the year because we have a seasoned offensive line.”