DIXIE -- Westbrook's Tony Griffin should be fine after getting a little overheated during Tuesday night's joint practice with Valwood. Right now, news like that is the difference in whether or not the Cougars can take the field this fall.
With Cameron Marshall slowed by an ACL strain, only 11 players took the field for Westbrook. The Cougars struggled to move the ball against Valwood, and could not find the end zone all night, even with six cracks inside the 5-yard line at the end of the night. Griffin took himself out of the game early in the goal line series, and practice was called an hour earlier than planned.
New Westbrook head coach Mark Johnson is hoping for reinforcements prior to the season opener Aug. 23.
"We're looking at some guys that may be coming. We've got some half-commitals," Johnson said, laughing nervously. "We're going to try our best to get some more for sure. But nothing's guaranteed."
Westbrook's roster has been fluid since the start of practice, and Johnson had to make changes on the offensive line and in the secondary as late as Tuesday morning. The former struggled mightily, while the later provided the brightest spot of the night, coming up with an interception and three breakups.
Meanwhile, Valwood allowed only one play longer than six yards all night while scoring four touchdowns, including three in seven goal-line plays. Josh Hobdy completed his first three passes, including a 37-yard strike to set up the Valiants' first score.
"We needed to hit somebody different," said new Valwood coach Mike Patrick, who brought his team up for the night from camp at Cherry Lake, Fla. "We haven't even practiced on a real football field this year. We've been practicing on 40 and 50-yard fields and hay pastures and things like that. It was good to get on a football field and play under some lights. We might not get to play under lights until we play our first game.
"Wes Glover jumped in there as a sophomore and came off the ball and played really well against some bigger kids. Brayton Dennis had a good little sack in there."
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