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May 22, 2014

Solid spring ends with scrimmage

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“He’s looked really good. He’s ran some scout team (offense) going against our No. 1 defense and he’s always slammed it up in there. He’s going to be a good football player for us before he gets out of here,” Weber said of the young, talented running back. “We probably saw more young kids today than we did some of the older kids.”

The Maroon team scored its second TD of the scrimmage when running back Darren Hawkins reeled off gains of 30 and 15 yards. After a short catch by Andrew Robinette, Justin Miller scored from four yards away.

The next White possession ended abruptly when Kilby was picked off by Dayton Morgan on the first play.

Morgan then hauled in a 13-yard pass from Briggs on second down and short for the Maroon and Hawkins did the rest, scoring from 30 yards away to end the scrimmage.

While the scrimmage had its share of scoring, it was clear that a hard-hitting Ada defense was a bit ahead of the offense at this point.

Weber said the entire series of 2014 spring workouts has been very productive.

“During the spring, you want to get bigger, stronger and faster. It’s been our best spring since we’ve been here as far as that goes,” he said.

The best news is, the Cougars remained relatively injury free.

“We got a couple of bumps and bruises. You always want to get out of spring ball healthy, and for the most part, I think we did,” he said.

The Cougars will get to enjoy summer break until mandatory weight lifting begins June 16 — eight weeks before the season begins. At that time, players will lift on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays until fall workouts begin.

Weber said the outlook for the Cougars is bright.

“We’ve got the talent to have a really good football team. We’ve just got to make sure there’s absolutely no selfishness and everybody’s getting along,” he said. “When you have good players, you have a chance to win every game. It comes down to fundamental football — taking care of the football and blocking and tackling — and we fully expect to have a good football team.”

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