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County rivals meet in preseason scrimmage
by Ericka Birdsong
August 22, 2012 05:34 PM | 1926 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, Chapel Hill head coach Geoff Pastrick and Alexander head coach Matt Combs, meet at midfield to discuss the scrimmage prior to the first whistle blow.
From left, Chapel Hill head coach Geoff Pastrick and Alexander head coach Matt Combs, meet at midfield to discuss the scrimmage prior to the first whistle blow.
Chapel Hill traveled to Alexander Friday for the first taste of football this season as they defeated the Cougars 19-7 in a preseason scrimmage.

The coaches met center field prior to the game as the players prepared for the starting whistle. Matt Combs, head football coach for Alexander, said his team was feeling good.

“It’s like the cliché says: We’re tired of hitting each other. It’s been eight months of preparation and we’re just ready to play,” said Combs while his team warmed up.

Geoff Pastrick, head football coach for Chapel Hill, said something quite similar.

“We’re feeling pretty good. We’re ready to get at someone else,” said Pastrick.

While Combs said his team was ready, he also mentioned that there had been a few injuries since the team began practicing full contact, but he said he’s hopeful all his players will make big plays at their position throughout the season.

Pastrick said he viewed this game as just another practice.

“We have no film on each other or anything. I’m not worried about Alexander. I’m just focused on Chapel Hill tonight and trying to see where we need to get better,” Pastrick said.

After the game, Pastrick shared his thoughts on the game and how he felt his team played.

“We started out slow but gained momentum both offensively and defensively as the night went on which was evident with us having the lead 19-7 at the end of the third quarter,” said Pastrick.

With only one quarter left in the scrimmage, Pastrick decided to take out his varsity team and give the junior varsity and freshmen teams their chances to hit the field and get some experience.

“Offensively we were able to run the ball effectively at times which we feel good about, considering we are running a new offensive scheme and did not have a game plan for Alexander. But we still have a long way to go in the running game in order to be the team we want to be,” Pastrick said.

“Defensively, we played well at times but gave up too many big plays early. Once we settled in and the kids had a better idea of what Alexander was doing offensively, we started to play much better,” Pastrick said.

The first score of the game actually came from a defensive play by Chapel Hill’s cornerback Tre Owens as he scored with a 25-yard run off an interception thrown by Alexander quarterback Evan Wood.

While the teams were finally able to hit someone else, the results of this game won’t count as anything more than a learning experience. Both teams will see their seasons begin this week as Chapel Hill hosts Osborne on Friday, Aug. 24, and Alexander plays Bremen at the University of West Georgia on Saturday, Aug. 25.

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