The Eagles are perhaps the district’s youngest team, and head coach Lee Williams said that youth was in evidence in the scrimmage at home against Potomac. He said Potomac was larger and stronger up front and put Eagles quarterback J.J. Boyd under constant pressure.
While Boyd was unable to lead the Eagles to a score, Williams said that he displayed toughness from the first snap to the last. Williams said that Mark Lipscomb, Zach Pennycuff and Caden Darber showed potential in the offensive backfield. Strong safety Darber and linebacker De’Marjai Lewis led the defense.
Jamestown plays an exhibition benefit game on Friday at 7 p.m. against Brunswick at Wanner Stadium in a contest that pits Eagles coach Lee Williams against his father, Harold Williams.
The Panthers met a quality foe in its first scrimmage at Essex, a state finalist in Group 2 and Group 1 the past two seasons. Though his team was outscored by a couple of touchdowns, new Panthers coach Reggie Jones was happy with its performance.
Jones was pleased with the poise sophomore quarterback Greg Dockery displayed after a shaky start and felt a group of running backs – Isaiah Williams, Chris Faavi, Denadre Kissoon, Zach Uvodich and Ian Gruver – did well. Linbackers Uvodich and Daniel Jones spearheaded a strong defensive performance.
The Panthers play their second scrimmage on Friday at 6 p.m. at Windsor.
New coach Thad Wheeler said his team faced a larger schools, Matoaca (Division 5) and Monacan (Division 4) that were stronger and more physical. But Wheeler says he saw the competitiveness and hustle he was looking for from the Lions.
Colin Bright was among the most intense Lions, giving them solid play at safety while running the ball well. Wheeler said that Keron Dedmon showed explosiveness at wide receiver and that tight end Clayton Osterloh was a bright spot on an offensive line that returns no starters.
Lecroy Nixon, Bryce Koob and Trevon Loftin gave Warhill some of its best defensive play. The Lions host Kempsville in a scrimmage at Wanner Stadium on Wednesday at 6 p.m.