Redmen satisfy at Bruceton

Redmen satisfy at Bruceton
Redmen satisfy at Bruceton

South Fulton’s Chance Barnes rushes Bruceton quarterback Hayden Howell.
South Fulton got a satisfactory grade after its first scrimmage of the preseason on Friday.
The Red Devils, starting their third campaign under Kelly Spivey and struggling to find quality practice time with the recent hot spell, tied Bruceton 2-2.
“We haven’t been able to go live or outside as much as we’d like to with the heat, so we needed this scrimmage,” Spivey said .“All in all, I thought we did a lot of things well. Our linebackers did the best job of any I’ve seen in my time here.”
The linebacker corps, which includes juniors Cody Tatum, Willie Kneuppel along with Chance Barnes and Taverius James, came up big on the first trio of defensive series, stopping the Tigers for what would have been four three-and-outs in game situations.
The first series was especially impressive for the SF defense as the Redmen limited Bruceton to just a total of 16 offensive yards, forcing a pair of three-and-outs.
During the second defensive series, the South Fulton secondary also got into the act as Red Devil sophomore Khiry Lewis picked off a Hayden Howell aerial to deny the Tigers the chance at a touchdown on the final play of the sequence.
Otherwise, South Fulton senior Alex Gallien made numerous big hits on Bruceton running back Chandler Jordan all throughout the afternoon and Barnes picked off a Howell pass in the sixth and final series.
Offensively, the Red Devils struggled a bit through their first two series, coming up empty-handed on the scoreboard.
In its third series, SF finally struck paydirt.
J.P. Fowler powered about 20 yards up the middle on the second play from scrimmage and Tatum — the Red Devil fullback — mowed his way through his own offensive line and quite a few Brueton defenders on the third play for a near 20-yard gain to set up the touchdown.
From there, sophomore quarterback JaQuay Garmon connected with Barnes for a 21-yard scoring toss.
South Fulton’s second touchdown came during its third series when Garmon scrambled to get away from a couple Tiger defenders in the pocket, allowing enough extra time for Chance Hamlin to get open for the score.
Meanwhile, both of Bruceton’s TDs came from Trezden Tharpe.
The injury bug did nibble of South Fulton a bit during Friday’s action as Lewis (knee), Zach Vaughan (knee), William Peery (ankle) and James (head after a hard hit) all left early. All of the injuries, excluding Lewis’, were thought to be minor.
Lewis was go to the doctor today, according to Spivey.
The Red Devils take part in the Ken-Tenn Jamboree at Fulton County on Saturday against Dresden at 7 p.m. South Fulton also will be in action at the Star Physical Therapy Jamboree in Lexington on Aug. 20 against Middleton.
SF opens the 2010 season at home Aug. 27 with West Carroll.
Sports reporter Kenneth Coker can be contacted by e-mail at kcoker@ucmessenger.com.

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