Richard Stroud

Grove Sun

JAY- For the second and final time this preseason, the Jay Bulldogs took the field for a scrimmage, this time taking on Class 3A power Claremore Sequyah.

Each team got the ball for four 12-play possessions, and the results for Shane Holland’s squads were much improved from last week’s scrimmage at Hilldale.

“Last week was ugly,” Holland said. “We weren’t happy at all. Offensively we moved the ball better tonight. And defensively we were better too.”

The Bulldog defense made their presence felt on the Eagles’ first possession. Beginning on their own 30, the Eagles moved the ball effectively on the ground out of their wing-t offense, but a fumble just across midfield ended the threat.

Jay’s first offense possession was off to a similar start, as the Bulldogs moved the ball effectively out of their spread offense.

The drive was spurred by several good runs by Hayden White and highlighted by a long catch and run by Kyle Shambaugh off a middle screen.

But an interception of a deflected pass ended the threat after Jay had moved to the Eagle 20 yard line.

The next possession saw the Eagles’ second string offense find its footing against the Bulldogs’ second string defense, leading to a touchdown.

But when Jay’s second string offense got its turn, quarterback [number 14] had the highlight of the night, running 60 yards through the middle of the Sequoyah defense for a score.

On the next possession the Eagles’ first stringers finally found their footing, getting a long pass down the right sideline to set up a touchdown.

The Bulldogs would show off their own passing game on their next possession. Junior quarterback Brandon Edge found wideout Indy Jones down the right side for a long gain to the Eagle one yard line.

After Edge scored on a sneak two plays later, the Bulldogs started over again at their own 40. Edge quickly moved Jay to the Eagle 20 with two passes before finding  Shambaugh in the left corner of the end zone with a beautifully thrown pass for another touchdown.

“We threw the ball decent at times,” Holland said. “But we expect that. Our quarterback is back for the third year now and our receivers are back, so we expect to be able to throw the ball.”

The Bulldogs will get their first real test of the young season when they travel to Gravette, Arkansas to open their season against the Lions next Friday, September 3.