By Paul Jones
Special to the Journal
STARKVILLE – Coaches often use jamborees as a learning tool for themselves and their players. That plan played out Saturday at Davis Wade Stadium in a 12-team jamboree, and produced nothing earth-shattering for Aberdeen head coach Mark Bray.
Bray and the Bulldogs held off Kosciusko 14-13 in a two-quarter scrimmage and Bray already had a good idea of his team’s strengths and weaknesses.
“We didn’t play as well, defensively, as I thought we would,” said Bray. “But Kosciusko had a lot to do with that. … We got to look at some of our personnel on defense but we’re gonna have to make some changes there.”
Aberdeen took a quick 6-0 lead on the third play from scrimmage on an 83-yard touchdown pass from Josh Williams to Jerrick Orr. Then in the second quarter and facing 4th-and-5, Williams connected with Sammie Burroughs for a 40-yard scoring toss to give the Bulldogs a 14-7 advantage.
“We sorta felt like we could do that coming in,” said Bray of the passing game. “I wish we could’ve done better in the running game. But I was real pleased with the quarterback play and the receivers.”
West Point falls
There were plenty of big passing plays in West Point’s outing against Louisville, too, but the Green Wave were on the wrong end.
Louisville quarterback Wyatt Roberts, a Jacksonville State commit, threw four touchdowns as the Wildcats posted a 35-14 victory in two quarters.
“We got a lot of young guys that need some experience,” said Chambless. “We don’t have to go back to the drawing board because we are doing the right thing. We just have to get in the right spots.”
West Point senior and MSU commit Aeris Williams rushed for over 100 yards and a touchdown.
The Green Wave had first-year starter Josh Ewing under center and there were some growing pains early. West Point on its first drive and fell behind 14-0 quickly to Louisville.
“We can’t turn the ball over and stop yourself,” said Chambless. “We are going to be okay, though, and be patient with them.”