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Devils do OK without a few

Devils do OK without a few
Devils do OK without a few

Chance Barnes carried the football for South Fulton.
Though it wasn’t a full dress rehearsal, Kelly Spivey liked some of what he saw.
“For us not to have six kids in uniform because of injuries, I still was pleased with a few things,” the South Fulton coach said after his troops came out on the short end of a 20-6 score against Dresden Friday night at the Ken-Tenn Jamboree in Hickman.
“We only had 20 kids dressed, and we had two of our five offensive linemen not in there. I was not displeased overall. I felt like we hung with them for the most part.”
Weakley County teams ended up winning in all three matchups of the annual get-together that consisted of three 15-minute quarters each with multliple breaks taken in stifling conditions that included a heat index of over 100 when the action began at 8 p.m.
Greenfield, 1-9 a year ago, hammered Fulton City 41-0, and Gleason edged host Fulton County 6-0 to complete the scrimmage-type action.
SF got on the board on its last offensive series after managing just one first down on its first four possessions.
Runs of 15 yards by fullbacks Willie Kneuppel and Cody Tatum — and a 19-yard pass from JaQuay Garmon to Alex Gallien — got the Devils inside the red zone before a penalty briefly pushed them back to the 21.
On the first play after said motion flag, running back Chance Barnes scooped up a fumbled snap by Garmon and scooted untouched around the left end and into the endzone for South Fulton’s only points.
“It was good for us to finish on a bright spot, I thought,” Spivey added. “We finally ran straight at them on that last series instead of doing some things with soft blocks in that last series, and that opened up things a little in other areas.”  
Before that, the Lions dominated action on both sides of the ball with quarterback Dale Hutcherson running for one touchdown and throwing for another and Eric Van Dyke running for a score and catching the TD toss from Hutcherson.
Spivey said he expects at least half of those who didn’t dress to be back from their respective injuries before the season begins. Lane Akers, Taylor Martin and Zach Vaughn likely won’t be ready for the opener.
SF will have one final audition before opening its 2010 campaign on Aug. 27 vs. West Carroll as it will work against Middleton this Friday in the Lexington Jamboree.
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