SAN ANGELO — The Early Longhorns capped an impressive preseason with another dominant effort in scrimmage action against Reagan County Thursday night at Old Bobcat Stadium.
For the second week in a row, the Longhorn starting defense did not yield a point, while the offense reached the end zone three times in the controlled portion of the scrimmage and kicked a field goal during the live quarter.
Stephen Holt and Jesson Tarrant rushed for touchdowns and Timmy Smithson caught a scoring toss from Ryan Trompler for the Longhorns, who marched the length of the field at will for much of the night. Brandon Lombrano converted the field goal for Early.
Among the brightest spots, Early found consistent success in the rushing attack despite facing an eight-man front from Reagan County.
On the defensive end, Longhorn Austin Reveille intercepted three passes to help spark the shutout performance. Meanwhile, the offense finished its second straight scrimmage without turning over the ball.
“I was pleased with the way our kids are being physical and running around, but we still have things we need to work on and tweak and get better at,” said Early head coach Blake Sandford. “But it was a great progressive step from last week to this week.”
The Longhorns start the 2018 campaign Friday at Bangs, as Early shoots for its second consecutive season opening victory.