There were more yellow flags thrown than points scored as the Stone High junior varsity football team got off to a rough start Monday.
For the majority of the game, the Forrest County AHS defense was in the Tomcats’ offensive backfield and the result was a 30-0 shutout for the Aggies.
Fumbles and penalties cost the Tomcats dearly as they accrued negative yardage on the night.
“It’s not that bad,” said varsity coach Adam Stone. “These games are not so much abouth the competition as about getting these players game experience.”
The JV players are those who go up against the varsity in drills and they require this game time to develop the instincts which will serve them well as they move up to the varsity in the future.
Still, it became difficult to watch as the Tomcats were pushed back time and again, if not through a lack of blocking on the offensive line, than through penalties.
ZAC SYVERSON EVADES A FCAHS DEFENDER DURING THE FIRST HALF OF MONDAY'S JV GAME. JODY O'HARA/ENTERPRISE
Sophomore quarterback Zac Syverson often found himself having to fight off FCAHS defenders before he could even effect a handoff to his running backs.
Sophomore running back Evin Jagours often found himself wrapped up before he made it to the line of scrimmage.
Stone said too much should not be read into the first game.
“As we move forward in the season, they’ll gain more experience and understand the offensive sets were teaching them,” he said. “You can’t forget; this is a school team, they’re still learning on the field just like they’re learning in the classroom.”
The team travels to Hurley to take on the Hornets of East Central next Monday.