Pain aside, Bulldogs end spring better off
Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 12:00 pm
By RANDY CAVIN
Gleason head football coach Noah Lampkins liked what he saw, except for some injuries in his team’s spring scrimmage on Thursday.
With regular starting quarterback Tanner Trevathan sitting out the scrimmage while he heals from offseason knee surgery, the coach turned to two of his back-up quarterbacks. Both of them went out with injuries, so the head coach went to his freshman quarterback Timmy Russell.
Lampkins was pleased with what he saw out of his fourth-string quarterback as he guided the Bulldogs to their only score of the scrimmage.
“He came in there and ran the offense and did a good job,” Lampkins said with a smile. “I was proud of him. He did not hesitate. He got in there and he did it.”
The Bulldogs defense kept Lake County out of the end zone in Thursday’s scrimmage that marked the end of the spring practice for Gleason. The offense reeled off some big runs, but only got the ball across the goal line one time.
Russell guided the Bulldogs after both Ian Legens and Hunter Corum went out with injuries. Legens suffered a shoulder injury and Corum a slight knee injury.
The Bulldogs scored on their fourth 10-play possession with Chris Copeland getting two 10-yard runs and a 15-yard run. Chase Ezell had a run of 20 yards. Will Clark took it into the end zone from 20 yards out. Copeland had another long run of 30 yards, and Ezell scampered for 20 yards to end the 10-play possession.
Lampkins was pleased with the way his team ran the ball and with the way the offensive line stuck to its blocks.
“I was happy with everybody,” Lampkins said. “We had good intensity and ran the ball well. I thought we blocked pretty well. We found a spot to attack and felt like we could expose some things there. Guys are coming off the ball and are blocking well. Reese Montgomery did a good job at tight end.”
Lampkins is still worried about his team’s depth, especially with two quarterbacks going down and the starter on the sidelines nursing an injury.
“We will be getting Tanner back pretty soon, so that will add another dimension to our scheme,” the Gleason head coach said. “We lost Legens, and he gives us that dimension to run that option stuff. But we are thin. We are as thin as we can be. Kids do not want to play sports anymore. It is an epidemic for small schools.”
The Falcons are small in numbers this year, too, but big in size, especially on both sides of the line and the Bulldogs were able to keep the Falcons from scoring. Lake County got down to the Gleason 10-yard line to end its first possession.
Gleason linebacker Will Clark made sure the Falcons were not going to score in their second possession as he was in on almost every play, including the last five. Clark made a good stop on a screen pass.
He stopped the running back dead in his tracks on a jet sweep. He then dropped the QB for a loss on a keeper. He got in a tackle on a run and nearly got the QB on a blitz from around the right side.
“Will is a kid who has had a great offseason,” Lampkins said. “He has been tremendous in the weight room. He has put on some weight and gotten a lot stronger. I think it showed tonight on defense and he got in the end zone on a good power run. I was pleased with him and Chris Copeland playing on offense and defense.”
The entire team has been in the weight room getting some work in ever since the last game of the 2012 season.
Lampkins said that is the plan for this summer — to have his team lifting weights and getting in a lot of running as they prepare for the 2013 season.
The Bulldogs finished 6-5 in 2012 with a 1-4 District 13A record and lost to Halls 41-32 in the first round of the Class A state playoffs.
Gleason opens the 2013 season on Aug. 23 at Fulton County.
Published in The WCP 5.21.13