Brownwood head football coach Bob Shipley was neither greatly overjoyed, nor particularly concerned, following the Lions’ initial scrimmage of the season against the Class 2A Godley Wildcats Friday night at Gordon Wood Stadium.
The Lions’ second-team offense produced the only points of the scrimmage — which started an hour late due to thunderstorms in Brownwood — as Dillon Cox scored on a 1-yard carry on the final snap of the 10-play set.
Defensively, the Lions’ first team yielded chunks of yardage, but Kaimon Ontiveros intercepted a pair of Godley pass attempts to thwart two potential Wildcat scoring drives.
“I don’t know that I’m jumping up and down about anything good or bad for us,” Shipley said. “I know it was good for us to go against someone else. We’ll go back and look at the film, correct our mistakes and take another shot at it next Friday night.”
Brownwood will visit Class 4A Marble Falls next week in the final scrimmage before the Aug. 31 season opener against Fort Worth All Saints.
Lightning forced the junior varsity and freshman portions of the scrimmage to be condensed, while the varsity had to hurry to get in their work before another round of storms arrived Friday night. The varsity format was scheduled for 12 plays by both first-team offenses, followed by 10 by both second-team offenses and 10 additional snaps for each first-team offense. A lightning strike that would have suspended play occurred moments after the final snap — which was a Brownwood sack of the Godley quarterback.
“I felt like everything was rush, rush, rush, but it ended pretty decent,” Shipley said. “Godley was quick and tough as nails and that was good for us. It’s nice to go against someone else and it gives us something to show the kids on film.”
The first-team offense, minus starting running back Braxton Kilgo who was held out as a precaution, rushed for 102 yards on 11 snaps and completed 4-of-9 passes for 28 yards with one interception. Two plays also ended in sacks.
Chris Keesee took the snaps behind center as he connected on a 15-yard pass to Cooper Howey, along with receptions of 7 yards by Matt McCrane, 5 yards by Clint Taylor and 1 yard by Eddie Duque.
Behind the line of Cody Skains, Kevin Hobbs, Michael Livingston, Jaylen Bocknite and Caleb Wilbourn, Jace Newman compiled 30 yards rushing on four carries, Dylan Lewis rushed for 23 yards on four carries and Colton Guidry finished with 16 yards on two rushes.
“We probably could have run the ball a little bit more,” Shipley said. “We’ve still got some work to do in some areas. Our tight ends weren’t blocking very well and the offensive line has to get their timing of the blocks down better. We held out Braxton so we probably weren’t as successful running the ball as we would have been with him, but I feel like we’ll be fine.”
The first-team defense allowed Godley to reach the Brownwood 21 before Ontiveros picked off a fourth-and-9 pass attempt on the final snap of the first 12 plays. Then on the second set, after a 50-yard quarterback scramble to the Lions’ 10, Ontiveros came away with a third-and-goal pick at the Brownwood 2.
“Defensively, we have a lot of work to do,” Shipley said. “We didn’t tackle very well and played soft. We tried to arm tackle and we have to get more physical. We weren’t aggressive enough up front and with our linebackers. We have to do a better job getting off blocks.”
Brownwood’s lone scoring drive was a 70-yard march that took 10 plays. Cox rushed for 20 yards on four carries, Daylon Johnson chipped in 26 yards on three rushes and Taylor galloped for 9 yards on his lone rush. Taylor also connected with Elijah Salazar on a 15-yard pass down to the 1, which set up the Cox touchdown carry.
Godley’s second-team offense advanced to the Lions’ 25 on its set of 10 plays, but fumbled — one of three takeaways overall by the Brownwood defense.