DOBSON — Surry Central hosted Ashe County for a JV and varsity scrimmage Saturday morning.
The Golden Eagles’ varsity offense and defense each took 10 snaps against Ashe, then the JV squad got its chance against the Huskies, who are headed by Brian Hampton, the former North Surry coach. Then the varsity went back out to start the cycle over again.
As is common for the Eagles, the varsity rotated two quarterbacks onto the field in Alex Martin and Kirk Needham.
Last year, the team had six different players rush for at least 100 yards on the season. Raymond Salazar emerged as the top halfback with 355 yards with an impressive average of 8.3 yards per carry.
Chris Craddock and Reid Stanley got carries Saturday as they came across the formation in motion.
Kenyon Martin, the second-leading returning rusher, watched from the sidelines. He said he was on vacation and missed some practice time and didn’t have the necessary hours required before taking part in live contact.
In the 7-on-7 drills at Mount Airy July 30, Martin spent time on the outside, playing receiver and defensive back, using his 6-foot-2 size to make a couple of interceptions.
Head coach Monty Southern said he could see plenty of room for improvement, but that’s why he scheduled these scrimmages. The offense had a couple of fumbles and an interception returned for a touchdown.
The defense made several good plays against the Huskies.
As the home crowd could easily see, the Eagles don’t have a lot of depth on varsity or JV, Southern said. That means players have to push themselves to improve their conditioning and to keep fighting when they get tired.
The Eagles will travel to East Gaston for a scrimmage on Friday. Southern said he is friends with the coach there, and East Gaston has traveled to Dobson before, so he is returning the favor.
Surry Central opens the regular season at home against East Surry, which is no longer a conference game with the new alignment. The team will play six nonconference games and just five conference games in the new 2A Western Piedmont.
After a bye week Oct 4, the Eagles have their league opener at Carver Oct. 11. Homecoming is Oct. 18 with South Stokes, and Senior Night is Nov. 8 with West Stokes.