Register Staff Report
The Madison Southern Eagles picked up a 32-20 win over Shelby County Friday in Shelbyville in their only preseason contest before next Friday’s opener at Rockcastle County.
Junior Damien Harris picked up where he left off last season, rushing nine times for 143 yards and two touchdowns in one half of action against the Rockets.
Senior Casey Dionne added six carries for 80 yards for the Eagles, while senior quarterback Devante Linville passed for two touchdowns — 35 yards to junior Austin Beetlestone on the opening drive of the game, and 33 yards to J.D. Dean.
Southern led 27-7 at the half before Shelby County closed the gap in the second half against the junior varsity.
Southern coach Jon Clark said for the most part, he was pleased with the win.
“I think the offensive line looked outstanding tonight. We are experienced and pretty deep on the line and they played well. We moved the ball well on the ground with Damien and Dion, and Devante did a good job in the passing game,” Clark said. “I think our first-team defense did very well and other than giving up a touchdown on a kickoff in the second half, I thought our special teams were really sound for us tonight.”
The Eagles lost two fumbles in the first half, so there were also a few things that need to be cleaned up before next week’s opener, Clark said.
“We did turn the ball over twice on fumbles, which I didn’t like to see. But the great thing about a scrimmage is that it is a great chance to get all your mistakes out of the way, and I hope we got them out of the way tonight,” Clark said. “We came out of the game in good health and now we start getting ready for Rockcastle County. It’s Southern’s biggest rivalry, so it’s a big game for these young men.”
Berea takes on Atherton and Shawnee
Berea Community took on a pair of squads from much bigger school during a round-robin scrimmage event Friday in Frankfort.
The Pirates faced Atherton (4A) and Shawnee (2A) and held their own during the controlled exhibitions.
“We competed with everyone up there,” Berea coach Adam Coleman said. “I was pleased. Those teams have a lot of speed, which will help us (in the long run).”
The Pirates had a couple of turnovers, but got some big plays on offense. Junior running backs Chris Mowery and Jason Strong had long runs, while quarterback Kevin Reed and wide receiver Deondre Tate also added big first-down runs.
Chris and Robert Watkins, both seniors, started on the offensive line after being moved from other positions.
“They stepped up and did a good job,” Coleman said.
The event featured six teams.