NEW CHAPEL HILL — With the regular season just a week away, Chapel Hill and Lindale took the field against each other on Thursday night for one final football scrimmage.
And instead of starting with a controlled portion, the coaches agreed to play four 12-minute quarters, and Lindale ended the night with a 27-14 advantage on the scoreboard.
“I wanted to play a game situation with Lindale, so we could work on the little things,” first-year Chapel Hill head coach Jeff Riordan said. “We played our ones in the first and third quarter and our twos in the second and fourth quarter. We did some good things, but we were real sloppy. We had a sloppy week of practice on the first week of school in this weather. We’ve got to learn as a team to work through those things, because how you practice is how you’re going to play, so we’ve got to figure those things out.”
It was the Bulldogs’ second scrimmage after hosting Class 4A Division II No. 2 Jasper last week.
It was also the second scrimmage for Lindale, which had a tune-up against Crandall — Chapel Hill’s Week 1 opponent.
“I saw better executing,” Lindale head coach Chris Cochran said. “The positive takeaway was our execution, and I thought we played harder than we did last week. The takeaway defensively is we’ve got to tackle better. The open-field tackling is something we’ve got to go back to work on.”
Both teams played three quarterbacks. For Chapel Hill, it was seniors Kobe Coker and Khalan Griffin and freshman Ilonzo “Deuce” McGregor. For Lindale, it was senior Brayson Campbell and sophomores Sam Peterson and Luke Poe.
Lindale started the scoring midway through the first quarter when a deflected pass ended up in the hands of running back Jordan Jenkins, who carried the ball into the end zone for an 8-yard touchdown.
On the next drive, Griffin broke loose for a 73-yard run to set up a 7-yard touchdown pass from Coker to freshman Tyson Berry.
The score remained at 7-7 until the second half. On the first play of the third quarter, Jenkins got loose for a 70-yard touchdown run. The Eagles added a touchdown pass to take a 20-7 lead.
Griffin had a 66-yard run late in the third quarter to set up a 15-yard touchdown strike from Coker to McGregor.
Lindale added a 31-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Chapel Hill will open the regular season Aug. 30 at Crandall. Lindale will take on Kaufman Aug. 29 at Christus Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.
“I’m hoping we have a better week of practice and show up next Friday night,” Riordan said.