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Defense shines during scrimmage

By Curtis Carden
Sports Writer
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The upcoming football season is just around the corner for the Unicoi County High School Blue Devil football program, and the practice is starting to pay off.
The Blue Devils participated in a scrimmage against 4A Volunteer High School on Tuesday, July 17, in Church Hill and the results went in favor of the Blue Nation.
“Our defense came through during the afternoon,” coach Jerad Huskins said. “We had five interceptions during the game.
“The linebackers and our secondary did a good job of staying in coverage, converging on the ball and did a great job of swatting the ball away if they couldn’t pick off a pass.”
No official score is taken during a preseason scrimmage by the schools, but the Devils won their contest by an unofficial score of 4-2.
“The scrimmage went pretty well for us,” Huskins explained. “The execution was good on both sides of the ball.”
Big Blue’s offense saw some strides from all three quarterbacks, Huskins said.
“Lucas (Hensley) really did a good job on conducting our first team offense., he added. “Between him, Cody (Rogers) and Hunter (Hensley), they threw well in the short to mid-range area.”
It’s still currently up in the air whether the Devils will have one more scrimmage prior to the season opener Aug. 17, Huskins said.
“I’ve been on the phone and been making some calls to schools to try to schedule one more before the season starts,” Huskins added.