“They look like football players now.”
That was Tyler Lee head football coach Kurt Traylor’s biggest takeaway from his team’s lone scrimmage against Pine Tree Friday night at Christus Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.
“Coach (Kerry) Lane from Pine Tree told me that our kids look good, and you can tell they’ve been in the weight room,” Traylor said. “They look like they belong now.”
Another positive for the Red Raiders was the defense, Traylor said.
“I loved the intensity of the defense and the way we played,” Traylor said.
“The offense may spit and sputter a little bit, and I get that. We’ve got new verbiage. We’ve got so much room to grow.”
After the controlled portion of the scrimmage, the teams played a live 15-minute quarter.
The Pirates got up 10-0 with a 4-yard run by DJ Freeman, which was set up by a 30-yard strike from Freeman to Texas Tech commit JJ Sparkman, and a 35-yard field goal by Brandt Herber.
Sparkman had multiple big plays on Friday, something Traylor said the Red Raiders need to shore up heading into next week’s season opener at Marshall. The Mavericks feature Arkansas commit Savion Williams at receiver.
“We can’t give up big plays on defense,” Traylor said.
The offense led the Red Raiders back as Trent Adams threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Jeremiah Turner.
Nick Bennett gave Lee the lead with 3:25 remaining with an 11-yard run.
Lee outscored Pine Tree 14-10 in the live portion of the scrimmage.
Will Landes had a 2-yard touchdown run for the Pirates in the controlled portion of the scrimmage.
Mark Patton also saw time at quarterback for the Red Raiders, and sophomores Bryson Donnell and Jamarion Miller rotated at running back.
Overall, Traylor liked what he saw from his team in their first action against another opponent.
“We have so many little things that need to be fixed that are fixable,” he said. “That’s why you play somebody else.
“I’m really excited. I loved the intensity, and I’m looking forward to seeing how we practice and play this next week.”