LIVE OAK, Fla. — It was a big day for the Suwannee High football team last Friday.
After the “Day with the Dogs” camp in the morning, the team came back out for a night-time scrimmage on its practice field that lasted well over an hour.
After warming up, the offense came out with starters Tyree Taylor at quarterback and Jaquez Moore in the backfield. After a couple good plays, including a nice completion to Wesley Jones for 10 yards, Moore ran around left end for a 40-yard gain. Unfortunately, Moore injured his ankle, which ended his night.
Suwannee coach Kyler Hall said Moore will be OK and ready for the Kickoff Classic game this Friday at home against Yulee. Kickoff is at 7.30 p.m.
“He’s a little sore, but he’s OK,” Hall said. “He had tweaked it before. He’ll be ready for Friday.”
Moore will be utilized a lot this season; besides being able to play receiver and quarterback on offense, he can be used on defense at linebacker and safety.
Taylor only played one series, which allowed more practice for other quarterbacks.
“We pulled Tyree out early, he got hit earlier in the week, and we wanted to rest him,” Hall said, which allowed the Bulldogs to get Ty Wehinger more reps.
Following that first possession, the Bulldogs played another five series, with Wehinger and freshman Braxton Townsend alternating at quarterback.
Hall saw the scrimmage as another chance for the offense and defense to play against each other. It also simulated a game with it being at night.
“It’s just one more chance to compete against each other,” he said. “That was the end of a long day. We didn’t look the freshest out there, but I thought some of the younger guys kinda shined a little bit. And the defense looked good.”
Before each play the linebackers are expected to communicate with the rest of the defense, relaying information, and they did.
“That’s part of the defense, calling out formations,” Hall said. “It’s good for the linebacker to be vocal. If no one is talking, it’s bad. Most of those calls are the linebackers directing traffic. Down and distance, how many running backs are on the field; it’s communication with the rest of the defense.”
Hall mentioned that inside linebacker Nyalen Seymour, a junior, played well. “He’s going to be really good.”
The third series, with Wehinger at quarterback, included a 10-yard rush, and a nice pass completion that was negated by a coach’s call of a sack before the pass. In the fourth series there were more good runs, but the defense busted up a quarterback draw play for a sack.
By this time Moore was back and resting on the sideline with a wrapped-up ankle.
On the fifth series, Townsend had a couple good completions; including one on a hurried throw, another with the receiver in a crowd, and another good pass that resulted in a dropped ball. On the last series Wehinger returned and Malachi Graham produced some highlights. On the fifth play, a hole in the middle was cleared and Graham was gone for the end zone. Hall said it was a gap play. Graham had another terrific end-side run and the “Under the Lights” scrimmage was over.
“We put him in late at offense, but he had played some defense in the beginning of the scrimmage,” Hall said of Graham. “He’s a veteran now. He can change directions with the best of them now.”
Hall added that the team has some “really good young backs,” and reflected that, “It was the end of a good day, and t was a long day to be out in the heat. But everybody got to play.”