A.J. Daniel, 14, goes up high to make an acrobatic catch against a MTCS defensive back during last Friday’s scrimmage. Daniel turned the reception into a 70-yard touchdown to start the Lions’ scoring. (JOEL FRANKLIN photos)
Scrimmages do not count on the overall won-loss record; however, Cannon County’s initial workout against a live opponent in 2012 drew rave reviews.
The Lions exhibited efficient offense and stingy defense throughout the initial portion of the scrimmage, allowing no touchdowns and scoring one.
Also impressive was the lack of mistakes that generally are prevalant at this time of the season. The Lions were guilty of just one penalty - a 5-yard motion penalty - and they had no turnovers through the first 30 plays.
“Overall I was pleased with how we played,”first-year Cannon County Head Coach Brent Bush said. “We still have a lot of work to get done but this was a good starting point and a good showing.”
Newcomer A.J. Daniel caught the only touchdown during the first part of the scrimmage where each team had the ball on offense for 10 consecutive plays. Daniel hauled in a 70-yard reception from quarterback Cody Petro on Cannon County’s first offensive possession. Petro and Jake Todd ran the offense with consistency. The second part of the scrimmage had the teams at the 20 going in. The Lions scored four touchdowns with Todd connecting with Petro for a 20-yard strike, B.J. Daniel bulldozed his way in from 20 yards out, Billy Deatcher scored on a 4-yard run and Hawk Love also scored on a 12-yard run.
Defensively, Ryan McLaurine, Jackson Mason, Terry Parker, B.J. Daniel, A.J. Daniel, Todd and Justin Tobin all had impressive showings. and helped lead the defense.
MTCSonly crossed midfield once in the full scrimmage. The Cougars did score three touchdowns during the 20-going in portion.
The Lions open the season at home against Watertown, Aug. 17.Football BBQ Bash Friday
The third annual Cannon County Football BBQ Bash will be held Friday on the Downtown Square.
The introduction of players and cheerleaders from Cannon County’s youth football teams, JR Lions and Cannon County High School will begin at 6 p.m.; however, BBQ sandwiches and plates will be served starting at 10:30 a.m. Friday.
There will also be vendors set up for the JR Lions and CCHS, selling apparel and other items.Watertown game is ‘Salute To Veterans’
Cannon County’s football team will honor the area’s veterans when the Lions play Watertown in the season opener at Schwartz Field, Aug. 17. Kickoff is 7 p.m.
All veterans will receive free admission with their military card.
The Lions plan to recognize a group or organization during each of its five home games in 2012.Busy week for Lions
Cannon County’s football team will play three scrimmages this week. The Lions played host to Jackson County Tuesday (Aug. 7) at 5 p.m.
Cannon County will travel to Warren County for a scrimmage Thursday at 5 p.m. The scrimmage was originally to be played in Woodbury; however, it has changed to a jamboree format in McMinnville.
The Lions conclude the week against Davidson Christian as part of a jamboree at Watertown Saturday. Kickoff at 7 p.m.