On August 16, the Salt River High School football team played its intra-squad “Black and Gold” scrimmage to introduce the 2013 Eagles football team to the parents and fans in the community.
Salt River athletic director Shawn Lytle, Ms. Kuhn, and several of the high school counselors and support staff cooked dinner for those in attendance, serving Gatorade, cold water, hot dogs and chips. Coach Pucetti announced the game from the press box while running the scoreboard and game clock.
The game featured 20-minute running halves where each team started on its opponent’s 40-yard line. There were no kicks and no special teams involved in the game.
The gold team took an early 6-0 lead on the second play of the game when freshman running back Alex Hill-Jiminez took a handoff 43-yards for the touchdown.
On the next offense series, the black team tied the score on a 42-yard touchdown pass from senior John Hill to junior tight end Isaiah Manuel. The half-time score was 6-6 and all participants were able to play.
The second half featured the Eagles new “amoeba” defense that allowed only one score in the final frame. Over the course of the evening, the defense recorded 7 tackles for loss and created three turnovers, including junior Joe Loring’s stripping and stealing the ball on one occasion and Hill-Jiminez forcing and recovering another fumble.
Second half offensive highlights included a 27-yard back-and-forth run by freshman Taden Peck, who had the crowd roaring with a run that lasted nearly 10 seconds and covered most of the field, and senior running back Eugene Lewis snatching a 28-yard pass from sophomore running back Marcus Porter.
On the final and perhaps most impressive offensive highlight of the scrimmage, Manuel made another long grab and an in-flight adjustment on a 38-yard bomb from Joe Loring for the game’s final score. Running back John Hill scored the only point-after-conversion (2 pts.) of the evening.
After the contest, the football coaching staff met with parents, family members, and players to request their support in an effort to maintain a “Do Right” philosophy for student-athletes, and to help SRHS meet its school-wide goal of increased student achievement. We also passed out program requirements for participating on the team, and gave an “Eagle Pledge” where parents and student-athletes committed to themselves to the 2013 season.
The Eagles coaching staff would like to thank everyone in attendance, including SRHS teachers, as well as our staff members who stayed out late and volunteered their time to help out with the game.
Video highlights from the scrimmage can be found online at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YziL5XeQs_I&feature=c4overview&list=UUsdtzzes6i1GoZLh3CoxufA