Tigers’ of­fense shines in full-pad prac­tice

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL -

BEN­TONVILLE — Ben­tonville High’s of­fense put on a dis­play Sat­ur­day morn­ing as the Tigers scrim­maged to go along with the first day high school teams could prac­tice in full pads.

Se­niors Nathan Lyons and Kam’ron Mays-Hunt con­nected on a 50-yard pass on the third play, then hooked up again four plays later for a 10-yard touch­down. Each of Ben­tonville’s three of­fen­sive units scored a pair of touch­downs against its de­fen­sive coun­ter­parts in the 90-minute work­out.

“We’ve been ex­cited about the way our of­fense has been op­er­at­ing,” Tigers coach Jody Grant said. “I think we’re far­ther along, of­fen­sively, than at this point in pre­vi­ous years. I think it has a lot to do with how our quar­ter­backs op­er­ate and the lead­er­ship of that group.

“De­fen­sively, we do great things and a lot of neat things, but the con­sis­tency is a con­cern right now. We have some stuff we have to clean up, but we’re ex­cited where we are at right now. Our kids are prac­tic­ing hard.”

The younger play­ers also had their chances to shine. Zach Lee, a lanky sopho­more re­ceiver who is still “new to the game,” caught a pair of touch­down passes, and Grant thinks he could find a role on Fri­day nights.

Grant also pointed out Lan­don Beeler, who along with Tyler John­son has been moved over to work some on the de­fen­sive side. Lyons, who mostly played re­ceiver last sea­son but saw some lim­ited ac­tion at quar­ter­back, con­tin­ues to draw praise from Grant and the coach­ing staff for his play.

“His lead­er­ship, his de­meanor in the hud­dle, how he’s han­dling the of­fense — it’s awe­some,” Grant said. “Hope­fully we can con­tinue to do that, and I think peo­ple will re­al­ize the Ben­tonville Tigers have a dang good quar­ter­back.”

Ben­tonville will be­gin its sec­ond week of work­outs at 6 a.m. Mon­day through Wed­nes­day, then hold its sec­ond scrim­mage Fri­day morn­ing.

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