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Local football teams begin preseason scrimmages
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The Gainesville High football team visited St. Pius X (Region 5-AAA) on Friday night for a scrimmage and came away with a 33-21 loss.

“We saw a lot of things that we needed to see and realized some things that we need to address,” Miller said. “We played a lot of young kids.”

Both senior Stephen Mason and freshman Deshaun Watson saw equal time at quarterback, with both throwing a touchdown.

When not behind center, Mason spent time at wide receiver.

The score wasn’t on the board Friday night at Chestatee, but War Eagles coach Stan Luttrell said that “both teams played hard” and that the night was “good all the way around.”

“I don’t know what the score was,” Luttrell said. “But I know it was close.”

Senior quarterback Scott Chewning was a “standout” on both defense and offense for the War Eagles, according to Luttrell. As the returning starter under center, Chestatee’s hopes are resting on Chewning, who went 10-12 passing Friday night for 106 yards while rushing nine times for 36.

The War Eagles are looking to replace Ben Souther, their leading rusher from 2009, and may have found a solution in Montrai Tate. The junior rushed seven times for 37 yards and a touchdown.

“Tate had a couple of good runs tonight,” Luttrell said. “He ran hard and looked pretty good.”

On East Hall’s side of the ball, coach Bryan Gray said that the scrimmage was “good for both teams.”

“There was a lot of defensive play, not a lot of offense,” Gray said. “It was a little sloppy, but you expect that after only two weeks.”

Gray said that the team did “a lot of good things” in the scrimmage.

According to Gray, sophomore linebacker Dustin Rogers “made a number of nice tackles” Friday night and that the defensive line gave a good effort and did a “pretty good job.”

One surprise came in the form of the Vikings’ freshman running back Quay Jarrells.

“He had a lot of good looks,” Gray said. “And had two long runs of 50 or 60 yards.”

PINECREST AT LAKEVIEW ACADEMY: Lakeview Academy lost a preseason scrimmage with Pinecrest, 17-13, on Friday night in Gainesville.

Senior running back Nick Drury had a touchdown run of 2 yards to account for one Lions touchdown.

Quarterback Jackson Wells, also a senior, connected on a 15-yard pass with Jackson Beck for Lakeview’s other score.

Coach Matthew Gruhn said that sophomore running back Trevor Price “played pretty well” in the scrimmage.

“We had nobody get hurt,” Gruhn said. “So all in all, it was a good night.”

HEBRON CHRISTIAN AT RIVERSIDE MILITARY: The Eagles won a scrimmage with Hebron Christian, 20-11, on Friday in Gainesville. Coach Chris Cotter stated that freshman quarterback Michael Gallup had a “great night” and that wide receivers Billy McCoy and Chris Davis “were phenomenal.”

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