WYANDOTTE - Saturday's final pre-season scrimmage was a roller coaster ride for Afton and Wyandotte.
The Eagles held a 12-0 edge in the first two 10-minute quarters of the dress rehearsal, then WHS held a 24-6 edge in the final two quarters which were staged later in the session.
In between, the teams worked on special teams with no rush.
“We started off on a pretty good note,” Afton head coach Zach Gardner said. “We handled them early and they handled us late. We added a couple quarters of scrimmages and they kinda got us at the end. We got our dobbers down a little toward the end.”
The Eagles, who suited up only 18 players, lost H-back T.J. Korb with a slight knee injury. He's expected to be OK for Afton's opener Friday night at Mounds.
Commerce went into its scrimmage at Verdigris minus three starters - then lost a fourth in the early going.
“There was a lot of room for improvement - we were pretty flat,” CHS head coach Mitchell Crittenden said. “We were real unemotional. The first drive was pretty good, but after that, we seemed real uninterested. A lot of it was correctable. It was not as much the schemes defensively or offensively there. Our effort will take care of a lot of stuff.
Mikey Morgan, Danny Crittenden and Bryson Sullivan didn't even suit up, then Jordan Glover was shut down after aggravating an ankle injury.
“That affects things a lot of times,” Mitchell Crittenden said. We've got others who are going to have to learn to step up and fill those voids. We cant be down about that kind of stuff. If you are going to be a good team, you have got to learn to do that.”
The Tigers had a couple of scores, Crittenden said.
Now they start to gear up for the season opener with Colcord on Friday.
Welch made its pre-season debut Friday night when it traveled to South Coffeyville for a three-way scrimmage with Davenport.
“It went about as expected since it was our first scrimmage,” head coach Craig Hood said. “Our defense is ahead of our offense. At the last minute, we had to shuffle some people around because of an injury in practice.”
Two-year starter Tyler Epperson, who has battled back from major injuries suffered in a auto accident last fall, went down with a foot injury that will keep him sidelined a couple of weeks.
“We had some kids playing a little out of position who hadn't had any practice time,” Hood said. “That hindered us a little, but I was pleased with the effort we gave. All the mistakes we had are correctable. There was noting glaring. I am not worried.”
Davenport made it to the Class B finals last year, losing to eight-man juggernaut Morrison.
“We came out little timid against Davenport on our first series,” Hood said. “Defensively, we played well, gave up one play and they scored. Against South Coffeyville, we still were a little apprehensive offensively and had some mistakes that hurt. Defensively we played well - we just had one bust on an assignment.”