Valdosta Daily Times

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May 16, 2008

Spring ends for Wildcats

VALDOSTA — Valdosta High wrapped up its spring football season Friday night with the Spring Game in front of several hundred fans at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium.

The first-team offense battled the first team defense, and both sides had their moments Friday. Valdosta’s offense scored on two of its first three possessions, but after that, the defense dominated, and did not allow another score.

Overall, the Wildcats’ head coach was pleased with what he saw in the game.

“We were very competitive. I saw some good things on both sides of the ball,” Valdosta head coach Rick Tomberlin said. “I couldn’t be much happier with the way things went. We had a good crowd. We saw some good things on offense and saw some good things on defense. We had a lot of warriors out there.”

On the first play of the scrimmage, quarterback Tavoris Belcher found Jay Rome on a 48-yard bomb, down to the defense’s 22-yard line. Tim Kier carried for 14 yards on the next play, moving the ball to the 8. On play No. 3, Belcher took the snap from the shotgun, ran the option to the left, cut inside, and raced into the end zone for the touchdown. Belcher ran in the two-point conversion as well.

Two series later, the first-team offense staged an 11-play drive, and punched it in for another touchdown. The drive was highlighted by a five-yard out route that Rome turned into a 20-yard gain, and two runs by Belcher to prolong the drive. On second-and-9 from the 23, Belcher handed off to Kier on a misdirection play. The junior halfback went outside, and raced into the end zone for the score. Kier ran in the two-point conversion, making the unofficial score 16-0.

From then on, though, the defense was pretty much dominant. The offense crossed midfield only once until the final minutes, and crossed the defense’s 40 only once during the remainder of the scrimmage. The defense stopped the offense for negative gains 20 times Friday night, including 12 times with the first-teamers on the field.

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