The Pineville Mountain Lions continued getting ready for the upcoming football season with a lot of full team drills at Tuesday’s practice.
Coach Randy Frazier said his team didn’t perform quite as well as he was expecting in Friday’s scrimmage at Berea and he and his staff were working to correct those mistakes.
“We gave up way too many big plays. We would stop people, stop people, stop people and then they throw over the top of us,” the coach said. “We had some kids that didn’t play, but at the same time I expect the ones behind them to get the job done. We’ve got to get better with our pass defense and as the scrimmage went on I felt like we got a little better.”
Frazier came away impressed with how his offense performed.
“We went ten plays at a time and we ran the ball right down the field and were very effective between the 20s but that was when our ten plays ran out,” he said. “That’s going to be kind of our MO so we were pleased with that. We met as a staff and talked things over and you know, changing kids over from zone blocking to man blocking is a big deal. We’re working hard to get that done and we’ve had a great week of practice.”
The Lions host Leslie County on Friday in the SEKC Gridorama. That will be the second game of the night and kickoff is expected to be around 8 p.m.
“All we’re looking to get out of that scrimmage is to see if we got better from last week,” Frazier added. “The players have done a great job this week bouncing back and really working hard.”
One of those players who didn’t participate in last week’s scrimmage but could make a big impact on the team this season is senior Bell County transfer Colby Frazier.
Frazier led the Bobcats with 1532 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns last year. He’s been in attendance at Pineville’s practices but is awaiting getting the transfer approved through the KHSAA.
“Everything is sent off to the KHSAA and we’re waiting on their ruling. We don’t antipate any hiccups whatsoever and we think he’ll be ready for the first game,” Frazier said. “These guys know how Colby played and they can look at his body to see how he works. He’s a great asset for us and he will obviously make us better.”
The coach sees his newest addition teaming with sophomore Devon “Scooby” Morris to give the Lions one of the top backfields in Class A.
“Scooby Morris did an outstanding job Friday, probably had over 200 yards rushing. What we’re looking at is a great 1-2 deal with those guys. Teams can’t just key on Colby and they can’t just key on Scooby,” Frazier said.
“Our guys at fullback have missed some practices with vacations and different things but they’re coming along. Guys like Landon King and Noah Caldwell who are doing a great job along with Hagan Teague.”
The Lions will kick off the regular season on Aug. 23 at McCreary Central.