BC Football on right track forward after scrimmage
Rams football marks improvement, but still notes areas of concern ahead of away games
Sports Information Department BC
September 19, 2011
Bluefield College Athletics
Sports Information Department
On Saturday, the men's football scrimmaged against one another in a true "blue vs. white" game at Mitchell Stadium for full four-15 minute quarters.
The scrimmage marked the first time the team has played two split teams as the White team (No. 1 offense/ No. 2 defense) was able to get the better of the Blue team (No. 2 offense/ No. 1 defense) in front of a nice crowd in Bluefield.
While the Rams took a step forward, there is still work to do according to head coach Mike Gravier.
“Early on it was very frustrating,” Gravier said. “We weren’t doing anything offensively. A lot of it was making mistakes.”
“Not going the right way and penalties were killing us all day long. That frustrates me. I challenged the offense a little bit in the second half. Some guys stepped up. I’m pleased with that.”
The teams combined for roughly 20 penalties with a few being of the 15-yard personal foul varieties that kill drives or extend others.
“The holding penalties — they have to learn what the officials are going to look for,” Gravier said. “We talked about that in our last scrimmage. The facemasks, that’s going to happen.”
“The one personal foul penalty that kept the drive alive for the two-minute drill. That’s what we talked about at the end. When it happens at critical situations, championship teams don’t do those kind of things. Part of the growing pains.”
Turnovers can be added to the list of growing pains.
The Blue and White teams combined for five turnovers with three coming by fumble and two through interceptions.
“It’s just a maturation process,” Gravier said. “It really is. Understanding that they need to put the ball away.
“The quarterbacks need to read the play out and throw it where they give it to us instead of forcing it. Once they start playing in the system, they’ll be fine.”
Terrance Mazon guided the White team while Kendel Montgomery ran the Blue team.
Both quarterbacks looked good at times and may have had better days if passes weren’t dropped early on.
The Rams will get to play their first game against an opponent other than themselves on Sept. 26 at Emory & Henry, followed up by a game against WV Tech in early October.
For more information on unofficial statistics and more interviews, log onto to http://www.bdtonline.com/localsports. You can also check out a few of the photos taken at the scrimmage by logging onto the Rams Facebook page by searching "Bluefield College Athletics.
*Portions of press release-Jonathan Greene-Bluefield Daily Telegraph