With one scrimmage out of the way, Pierce County head coach Sean Pender saw a lot of positives to build on over the next couple of weeks.
PCHS held off visiting Irwin County 28-21 Friday night in a scrimmage that was delayed some 30 minutes as a cell of thunderstorms moved through the area. Once the action got underway, the Bears breezed up and down the field totaling over 400 yards of offense.
“I saw a lot of good things and that’s a positive,” Pender said Monday morning. “The mistakes we made are very correctable and the effort was where it needed to be. Offensively, we were close to mid-season form and defensively we did a good job of not allowing them (Indians) to sustain a drive. Overall, I was very pleased with everything.”
Pender says he’s not putting a whole lot of stock in the scrimmages except to see where the team is and the areas that need to be addressed.
“We’re ahead of where we normally are at this time of season,” he said. “Those OTAs (Organized Team Activities) we had during the summer were really beneficiary. Those allowed us (coaches) to work on areas that needed addressing.”
Pierce will practice the next two weeks before heading to Folkston for an August 19 scrimmage against Charlton County.
“What I’m looking for is fixing ourselves,” said Pender. “We’ve got a film now the players can see and we can address the mistakes we made. I want the players to understand their positions.
“Some of the key things we’ve got to work on is fundamentals and getting in better shape. We were in better shape than what I anticipated, but we’ve still got to get better in that area and that will eliminate some mental mistakes. We’ve also got to work on our execution.”
The defensive unit allowed just over 300 yards and three scores. One touchdown was scored when the defensive back slipped leaving a wide open receiver and another score came off a deflected pass.
“I thought we did a good job of stopping the run,” said Pender. “We gave up a couple of big plays in the passing game, so we’ve got to improve our pass coverage. I thought our scheme was very sound. I think we have to be more physical up front, but we showed promise.”
PCHS will open the regular season August 26 when Bacon County comes to town.