New Kent / Surry Scrimmage
Last night Surry beat New Kent 3 to 2 or 18 to 12 ( however you want to look at it) in a controlled scrimmage ( 15 plays and out). These are just the things that I noticed.
Surry: Big, Big, Big, Never saw a bigger offensive line ( including Southampton). Excellent passing game. Wide outs have speed, great hands and are willing to battle for the ball. Twice Surry scored on passing plays, once from a tipped ball hauled in by a wide out and again by the same wideout ( I think #21) wrestling a interception away from the defender then scoring the td. Quarterback #11 throws everthng on a rope, great arm. Very polished passing attack. They can run as well but going to the air is definetley thier strong suit. Defensively very quick and extremeley aggressive. Surry should go far this year. I appologize for not knowing names just not familiat with Surry but they did a great job. Great job also by the coaches rotating the big guys. Guys in and out every few plays, kept them pretty fresh.
New Kent: The offense was not firing on all cylinders early. A lot of this could be caused by the decision of the starting center to leave the team on Wed. Another player has stepped in but do to the New Kent shotgun formation needs more time to work on his snaps. The ball seemed to hang for ever and the snaps were all over the place. This will get better with practice. New Kent showed that when the snap gets there they will be interesting. They scored on a 70 yard 8 play drive and a 60 yard 3 play bomb for a td. They also showed that it might be running back by committe as 5 different backs carried the ball. After the first series New Kent switched to only 10 offensive plays vs 15 for Surry. Coaches wanted more pressure on the offensive to move the ball quickly. They respond with both scores and a steady movement of the ball and gave the ball back 3 times after good drives. On defense the 3-5 that New Kent will run this year did not look to bad. Still needs a little work on pass coverage but even with the two scores given up a defender had a hand on the ball. On the run with the exception of a couple of good runs they preformed pretty well.
Overall a pretty even scrimmage, both teams made some mental mistakes, penalties and such but both teams played well and each showed the ability to throw the ball long. Good speed on both sides. Credit to all the players as it was flat miserable out there. Thermostat in the car read 96 when we pulled up in the parking lot and it felt a lot worse than that. No major injuries so all and all a successful night for both sides.
New Kent goes at it again next Friday with Susses Central at 6:00