Several area football teams got their first looks at their own lineups and real opponents on Thursday in a series of scrimmages.
Central-Phenix City 17, Carver 15
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Brookstone 13, Northside 8
Brookstone and Northside both got a chance to try out some new things Thursday in a preseason game in which Brookstone held on for a victory at home.
“I thought our guys played pretty good,” Brookstone coach Blair Harrison said. “Northside was bigger than us, more physical and stronger, so I was happy to see we help up OK.”
Harrison said the preseason matchup has been a great tool as both coaches assess their teams.
“The last two years this has been a really good matchup for both of our teams,” Harrison said. “We were a little bit better this year, and Northside was a little bit better this year.”
Columbus 20, Pacelli 7
Pacelli and Columbus each scored on their opening drives, but it was Columbus' depth that gave the Blue Devils the advantage in the scrimmage at Pacelli.
The teams went to halftime tied 7-7, but Columbus took over in the second half as teams subbed in players, Columbus coach Phil Marino said.
“We ended up with over 300 yards of offense, and that was something we only did a couple of times last season,” Marino said. “Overall, I think we did well. It was the first time the kids felt like they played as a team in years.”
Smiths Station 35, Hardaway 6
The bad news for Hardaway was that five starters sat out with minor injuries. The worse news came at halftime, when coach Jeff Battles sat three more just to be safe.
The upside, Battles said, came in seeing his younger players get experience against Smiths Station, an AHSAA Class 6A program.
“We knew we had some weaknesses, and we those last night,” Battles said. “We also knew we had some strengths, and we saw some of those too. One of those was our young kids, and they stepped up in a lot of areas.”
Shaw 14, McIntosh 9
Shaw's offense put out a balanced attack as its defense held McIntosh to only three first downs after its early touchdown drive.
Shaw's offense accounted for 380 of total offense, including roughly 185 yards passing and 175 yards rushing, according to coach Jamie Fox.
“Once our defense settled in, we did some good things,” Fox said. “For first action, with the bullets flying, I thought (quarterback Kyel Darner) and the offense made some great plays.”
- Chris White (follow me on Twitter @le_chriswhite)