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8/16/2014 12:03:00 PM
Marauders look to each other for first test (with photo gallery)
Coach Young said,
Coach Young said, "The first red offense dominated the first grey defense. The grey defense was shorthanded at linebacker. They struggled with some young guys and that first red offense has most of our starters." VVN/Vyto Starinkas
The Marauders had their red & Grey scrimmage. It was the first live action the team will have before its season opener at Snowflake. VVN/Vyto Starinkas
The Marauders had their red & Grey scrimmage. It was the first live action the team will have before its season opener at Snowflake. VVN/Vyto Starinkas
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Derek Evans
Sports Reporter


COTTONWOOD -- In football, sometimes teams just need to hit each other. Mingus Union High School had that opportunity Friday night. The Marauders had their Red & Grey scrimmage. It was the first live action the team will have before its season opener at Snowflake.

In this match up, the first-string offense in red went against the first-string defense in grey. After several series, the second-string offense went against the second-string defense. Coach Bob Young said the first offense did very well against the first defense.

That didn't surprise him.

"The first red offense dominated the first grey defense," he said. "The grey defense was shorthanded at linebacker. They struggled with some young guys and that first red offense has most of our starters."

Young said the performance from the second stringers on both red and grey showed they still have a lot to learn and improve upon.

"They looked like second guys," he said. "They are a bunch of young guys. There were a lot of missed assignments. They played hard and they have a great attitude. But they've got to continue to improve. They'll get better in practice."

The scrimmage was full-pads. But at the same time, of course, no teams want to hurt their own players.

"Once you go live, you go live," Young said. "I mean, you can't try and let up. In practice when we tackle, we don't hit each other to the ground. But, in a situation like this you got to play. They got to get use to that. You just have to let them go."

Junior starting quarterback Jordan Upham said it was nice for the team to finally get the feel of a real football game.

"It was nice to see guys go live tonight," Upham said. "It was nice to see guys go 100 percent."

He added he thinks the team's rushing game performed well.

"I think our running game is going to be good," Upham said. "We're definitely a running team. I'm a running quarterback."


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