By DAVID CLAYBOURN
Gilmer’s No. 3 state-ranked Buckeyes showed the Greenville Lions some things they need to work on in preparation for the 2013 football season.
That’s the word from Lions coach Marvin Sedberry following Friday night’s scrimmage in Gilmer. Gilmer, which is a returning state finalist in Class 3A, outscored the 4A Lions 4-1 in the controlled portion of the scrimmage and then scored two unanswered touchdowns in a live half.
“They’ve got some receivers that can scoot,” said Sedberry. “It’s not that we weren’t in position to play. Just didn’t make the tackle.”
Gilmer set the tone by scoring on a 70-yard screen pass on the Buckeyes’ first play from scrimmage.
“They didn’t drive the ball at all,” said Sedberry. “Just big plays.”
Tyler Matthews scored the Lions’ only touchdown on a 1-yard run to complete a 70-yard drive. Sophomore quarterback Spencer Gilbert II set up the score with some big runs on scrambles.
“We had an opportunity to score in the game part of it,” said Sedberry.
One of the Lion running backs broke for a big gain but a Gilmer defender caught the Lion and knocked the ball loose for a fumble.
Sedberry said the Lions’ effort was “much better than it was a year ago,” when the Lions were outgained and outscored by Quinlan Ford. They had originally planned to scrimmage Ford but called off that scrimmage due to a mix-up and found Gilmer as a late replacement.
Sedberry said it “worked in our favor” to face a strong and quick team like Gilmer.
“We’re going to go up against people like that on our schedule,” he said.
Playing a fast team like Gilmer was a learning experience for the Lions.
“They’ve got to play at game speed,” Sedberry said of his Lions. “I think they played relatively hard. We were in position to make plays. We didn’t execute the fundamentals that we were taught.
“We moved the ball on them. Obviously they’ve got those kids that have speed,” he said.
The Lions will open the 2013 season on Friday at Princeton.