BULLARD — The Bullard Panthers and Jacksonville fought to a 14-14 tie in a football scrimmage Friday morning at Panther Stadium.
After each team swapped out offensive sets and series, the two teams lined up for a live quarter of 12 minutes.
Jacksonville opened with the first drive at the Bullard 22-yard line.
The Tribe took just four plays to score the first TD of the live segment. Senior signal caller Carter McCown raced in from 8-yards out on a run up the middle. Juan Hernandez booted through the PAT for the 7-0 lead.
Bullard tied the game up with 4:07 left to play when QB Conner Mebane connected with Drake Daly on a 96-yard catch and run for six points. Zack Aldridge’s PAT was good for a 7-7 tie.
The Indians answered back with a 70-yard drive that left 38 seconds on the clock.
McCown found Micah Edwards from 32 yards out. McCown scrambled due to the Bullard pressure and found Edwards in the front corner of the end zone for another TD.
The Panthers kept it exciting, taking over at their own 30 yard-line.
Panther senior QB Mebane hooked up twice with Major Tennison. Mebane then threw a frozen rope to Chris Bradford who was near the left pylon. Bradford had to make a spectacular catch as the ball was thrown slightly behind him. Aldridge’s PAT was good and the game finished tied 14-14.
The Panthers got good efforts from Mebane, showing a pin-point arm and adding some nice runs. Tennison proved to be sure-handed, and his extreme height a big advantage. Daly proved to have very good hands, much like the departed Haden Bryant from two years ago.
The Jacksonville D-line did present problems for the Panthers, winning the battle in the trenches.
Jacksonville had several players mentioned by head coach Chris Taber. The offensive line shined as a unit, while three backs that had good games (Braylon Parish, Vadall Johnson and Datavian Thacker).
In the controlled portion, Jacksonville won both varsity and JV games by 3-1 scores.
Bullard will entertain Groesbeck next Friday night at Panther Stadium in the season opener. The Pine Tree Pirates will trek to play Jacksonville at the Tomato Bowl next Friday night.