Fort Frye, Morgan square off in scrimmage

BEVERLY – Tuesday night’s scrimmage between Fort Frye and Morgan was dominated by defense, to say the least.

Fort Frye’s varsity defensive unit forced four turnovers and did not allow the Raiders’ varsity offense to get into the endzone. Morgan’s defense played solid in its own right, getting consistent pressure in the backfield and keeping big gains by the Cadets to a minimum.

Fort Frye did get into the end zone towards the end of the first and 10 drills. Both varsity squads ran 10 plays apiece twice at the beginning of the scrimmage before going into first and 10 drills, where the offense got to keep the ball as long as it kept moving the chains. On Fort Frye’s final varsity possession, quarterback Terren Huck found fullback Derek Layton for a 20-plus yard touchdown strike on fourth and five for the only score of the sequence.

“Overall, I thought we played hard and played well and those are the big things we ask them to do,” said Fort Frye head coach Eric Huck. “We know it’s early and we know there’s going to be mistakes with assignments and things like that but they did what we asked them to do.”

The Cadets’ defense was all over the field during first and 10 drills, grabbing three interceptions including two by Terren Huck and one by Casey Lewis. The Raiders struggled to move the ball much.

“Our offense has still got a lot of work to do,” said Morgan head coach Derek Bragg, adding that he was impressed with the defensive showing.

Coach Huck was looking for a high intensity level from his team Tuesday night and he got it. The Cadets were fired up to be competing, making noise and pumping each other up after making big plays.

“That was a big thing. We wanted to play with intensity,” Huck said.

Huck also noted that Tuesday’s scrimmage wasn’t a good indicator of what the Cadets’ offense is capable of.

“We were rotating in guys a lot so I wasn’t worried about how many times we scored and how many times they scored,” Huck said. “That’s not the point. We were wanting to see guys and get them on film and now we’re gonna go take a look at the film and grade them a little bit and see who played well.”

Both coaches admitted their teams have plenty of things to straighten out, but the good news is they still have time to work on those things. Morgan opens up at home against Marietta Aug. 29 while Fort Frye travels to Belpre the same night. Fort Frye’s next scrimmage will be Saturday against Southern.