By David E. Wheeler/Special to the NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – For Baldwyn Bearcats head coach Michael Gray, Friday night’s scrimmage wasn’t about touchdowns or defense.
It was about film.
Gray wanted to see his Bearcats on the field with another team instead of each other, and he got a couple of quarters worth of footage as Baldwyn downed the Tupelo Christian Prep Eagles 26-0.
“This was getting us going forward,” Gray said. “Now I can watch film with more than just us on it.”
Gray had to like what he saw early as the Baldwyn running game scored on three of its first four possessions.
Devonta Gates scored on a 7-yard run, Corbin Scott on a 2-yard run, and Bradley Boose on a 12-yard run in the first period for a 19-0 lead.
“We executed well early,” Gray said. “The offensive line did a really good job.”
In the second quarter, Baldwyn, a Class 2A school, added a touchdown of 45 yards by Tyran Shinault.
“About the only thing we didn’t do was get Duke Upshaw some snaps at quarterback,” Gray said. “And we were not able to throw the ball as much because of the conditions.”
While the Baldwyn offense was running effectively, the Baldwyn defense was shutting down the 1A Eagles.
The Eagles only managed two first down, one in each quarter.
“It certainly could have went better tonight, but at the same time, it was a growing process,” TCPS first year head coach Shuane Holiday said. “You play a team like Baldwyn, you have to bring your ‘A’ game.
“Tonight, I think our offensive line and run game were the things that stood out.”
Gates had 89 yards on just four carries for Baldwyn.
Both teams officially open their seasons next week. Baldwyn is at Kossuth, while TCPS is at Strayhorn.