Defense Solid In Tune Up

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Sophomore defensive back Jake Todd tips the football to himself for an interception during Cannon County’s jamboree against Davidson Academy Saturday (Aug. 11) in Watertown. (JOEL FRANKLIN photo)

Cannon County did not get the result it wanted but the Lions left the football field feeling good about things after the final tune-up for the 2012 season.

The Lions dropped a 7-0 decision to Davidson Academy in its jamboree at Watertown Saturday (Aug. 11). The teams played the first half of the jamboree.

“I’m proud of the boys and the way they played,” first-year Head Coach Brent Bush said. “We would have adjusted some things if we had a halftime.”

The Lions were not able to get the ball in the end zone although they had a great opportunity after Justin Tobin beat the defense for a 42-yard pass from Cody Petro that set Cannon County up inside the Davidson Academy 30 yard line; however, the drive stalled three plays later. The Lions did not get any deeper in Davidson Academy territory the rest of the half.

The Lions managed 44 yards through the air and just two yards on the ground. They were playing without receiver A.J. Daniel and offensive lineman Dalton Ryan, who sat out with injuries.

“Cody and Ryan had the great connection, B.J. ran it well,” Bush said. “I was pleased overall but we have to make adjustments for the Watertown game. I think we can do that.”

While the offense sputtered the defense was solid.

Cannon County’s defense held Davidson Academy at bay and came up with a key turnover.

Davidson Academy had driven inside the Lions’ 20 on its opening drive and was threatening to put early points on the board but sophomore defensive back Jake Todd intercepted a pass to curtail the scoring threat.

Three plays later the offense gave it back when Petro’s pass was intercepted. Davidson Academy turned the turnover into points three plays later for the only score of the scrimmage.

“We put our defense in a bind there,” Bush said. “The defense played well. We flew to the ball better and we made them snap it again down there inside the 20 and were able to get them off the field. That’s why you never give in and you keep fighting to keep them out of the end zone. I have to go back and re-teach and re-coach some things. We are breaking down in some spots.”

Daniel, Jackson Mason Jarrett Melton, Todd and Jonathan Smith all had multiple tackles for the Lions.

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