LAFAYETTE — A pair of lightning delays briefly put the annual LaFayette High School spring game on hold Wednesday afternoon, but after about a half-hour pause, the team took the field to show what it had learned in Chad Fisher’s first two weeks as head coach.
While there were a few miscues from time to time, Fisher said his team had made “tremendous strides” in grasping the basic concepts of the spread offense.
“Obviously we’re young and inexperienced with what we’re trying to do,” he said. “I saw some bad things out there today, but I also saw some good things too. We’ve got to get better at snapping the football and we’ve got to get used to being in the shotgun most of the time.
“But there were times I thought our quick screens worked and times when we were able to run the football. This a new offense with new schemes, but I think they are picking it up fairly well. We’ve still got a long way to go before our first game so we have plenty of time.”
The scrimmage was a controlled one with each offensive and defensive unit running 10 plays in a row.
Converted receiver Alize Woodall and Lance Estus were among those taking snaps at quarterback and taking turns running the quick, up-tempo offense, while Ethan Tripp, Hunter Clark, Stefon Edmonson, and Clayton Underwood helped them with some solid catches.
In the backfield, several different runners tried to show Fisher what they could do.
Tracy Miller shook free of a tackle in the backfield and raced 80 yards for a touchdown. T.J. Hawkins clicked off a run of nearly 50 yards, and Andrew Burse had several nice gains, including one where he avoided a tackle, reversed his field, and picked up a large chunk of yardage before finally getting brought down.
“We didn’t even skim the top of this offense,” Fisher explained. “We just put in the bare essentials to get us through the spring. There’s many things we still have to put into this offense, but when we get them in, there will a lot of big things that can happen. We just have to learn it in the next three months.”
The defense was also very active during the scrimmage with defensive end Taylor Parris and linebackers Sam Lemons, Clayton Lane, and Adam Ellisor doing their part to disrupt the offense.
“The defensive guys really got after it and the coaches did a great job with them this spring,” Fisher added. “The biggest thing was just getting them lined up, playing hard, and playing fast. If they will give great effort, I’m very confident that good things will happen for us.”