Bluefield Football gets first taste at Emory and Henry on Monday
Bluefield traveled to scrimmage at Emory and Henry on Monday night
Sports Information Department BC
September 27, 2011
Bluefield College Athletics
Sports Information Department
Emory, Virginia- The Bluefield College football team faced its first outside competition in a scrimmage at Emory & Henry College last night.
The Rams fell to the E&H Wasps’ JV team in a weather-shortened game.
“Just to see a different color jersey is heaven out there,” head coach Mike Gravier said. “It was fun. I think the kids had fun tonight.”
The game was delayed 40 minutes with under six minutes remaining in the first half due to lightning. The officials decided to resume the game from the start of the second half and keep a running clock.
Bluefield scored its only touchdown on an eight-yard pass from quarterback Terrence Mazon to receiver Joel Calfee.
After facing their own defense for several weeks coming into the game, Gravier said it was nice to face a defense that did not have their play calling memorized.
“When we call out a play, a lot of times they know exactly what it is,” said Gravier. “That’s fine. It’s going to make us better because we have to execute better. That’s part of being together all the time.”
Mazon was excited to finally face someone other than his own teammates.
“It felt good real good,” said Mazon. “[It was a] different opportunity than scrimmaging each other in practice. I loved it.”
Gravier said it was good to see the coaching staff’s schemes against outside competition.
“I think overall as coaches we know our scheme is good,” said Gravier. “A couple of the big plays that they had were busts that we had defensively. Offensively, we thought we moved the ball pretty well. Penalties killed us there. I think our scheme is good and what we’re trying to do out there and what we’re coaching them is good. It’s just a matter of being consistent and executing it.”
Other than some penalties and missed assignments, Gravier was satisified with what he was from his players on the field.
“We did some good things and we did some bad things,” said Gravier. “That’s to be expected. The most important thing is those kids had a great time playing against somebody else.”
With many players being ineligible, some players had to play unfamiliar positions or carry a heavier load than normal.
“We had a few guys step up and play pretty well, said Gravier. “That’s encouraging that we have some guys that are kind of answering the call.”
Bluefield’s next inter-squad scrimmage is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 1, at Mitchell Stadium. The next scrimmage scheduled against outside competition is Monday, Oct. 10, at West Virginia Tech.
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