Giving some love to those dog days Junior Fair BBQ again a big success Beulah B James Senior Profile: Josie Myers Lady Indians place second at Ohio Classic in Hillsboro MVCA dominates Greyhounds in 45-0 triumph For Lady Devils, SHAC streak goes to 55 matches 9/11: Sixteen years later Gertrude Gibson Defender Bowl coming Sept. 16 Joyce A Walker Virginia R Young Senior Profile: Abby Campton West Union hosts 2017 Dragon Run New gridiron history begins for Peebles Trout, fire, and blueberry fields forever Senior Profile: Baylee Justice Lady Devils win SHAC thriller at Eastern Brown From Blue Creek to the Beaneaters Tough loss for Greyhounds in season opener Turning tragedy into hope What we learn from failure Absolutely had to get the wrinkles out Frances S Kidder Leo Trotter 41st Bentonville Festival set to begin Sept. 8 Winchester celebrates its history during three-day street fair Cruisefest returning to streets of Peebles Blue Creek- a community in transition honors its history and heritage Cuteness Galore – Winchester Homecoming Festival Baby Show Ronnie L Day Cast your vote for the Adams County Fairgrounds Nelson E Atkinson Ryan L Colvin Richard Tackett William L Tadlock Penny Pollard Wendell Beasley West Union soccer drops pair at Mason County Lady Indians go down in straight sets Senior Profile: Michael Gill Senior Profile: Katie Sandlin Royals dominate in big win over North Adams Dragons continue County Cup domination Archaeology Day returns to Serpent Mound Hourglass Quilt Square is back up again Manchester family hosts International Guests History, farming, and family- the bedrock of Cherry Fork’s community Bus drivers, emergency responders prepare for coming school year Working up a real good sweat What’s behind the motive? Rondal R Bailey Jr Thelma J Yates She’s all grown up now Scott A Yeager Soccer talent on display at 2017 SHAC preview Baseball community mourns the loss of Gene Bennett Winchester Homecoming Festival is Aug 25-27 Eleanor P Tumbleson Felicity man killed in Ohio River boating accident WUHS golfers take Portsmouth Invitational It was pretty cold that day Volleyball kicks off with SHAC Preview Night Young awarded Women’s Western Golf Foundation Scholarship One Mistake Senator Portman visits GE Test Facility in Peebles Adams County school districts facing some major challenges for the coming year Family, friends, and roots: the ties that bind residents of one Adams County village What is your strength? Just the chance to take a look back Ronnie L Wolford Dale J Marshall Herbert Purvis Great American Solar Eclipse coming Aug. 21 BREAKING NEWS: West Union wins fifth consecutive County Cup Wallace B Boden John L Fletcher Lady Indians golfers learning the links North Adams, West Union golfers open 2017 seasons This Labor Day, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Blanton announces candicacy for Court of Appeals Local student attends Congress of Future Medical Leaders MHS welcomes new principal Made in America When it feels like you’re spinning plates Bonfires and “building” a farm Lady Devils looking to take that next step 50 years of Bengal memories Ag Society delivers donation to Dragonfly Foundation Young Memorial Scholarship awarded to a pair of local seniors ‘Musical passion is in his blood’ Naylor named NAHS Principal Boldman retiring after 17 years as Homeless Shelter director Manchester concludes another River Days celebration Drug Treatment vs. Prison James R Brown Bobby Lawler Jr Adams County man charged with killing estranged girlfriend Lexie N Hopkins Volleyball, soccer previews coming this weekend

Greyhounds showcase the offense

Fans at Manchester’s Blue-Gold football intrasquad scrimmage last Saturday may have thought they stumbled into a track meet with all the offense that was on display.

The two teams, paired off into separate teams by the coaching staff, tore up the field for a combined 443 rushing yards and 182 passing yards leading to plenty of big plays and scoring as the Gold team walked off the field with a 38-32 win.

The gold team found much more success as they totaled 325 of the 443 rushing yards while the blue team found success in the air averaging 13.8 yards per completion.

Manchester Head Coach Dustin Cook said the scrimmage is a good way to get his team excited about competing rather than simply going through drills like they have been the past number of weeks.

“The Blue vs. Gold game is always a fun way to start the season and get the kids excited about competing,” Cook said. “As we move forward to start the season our focus will be on becoming the best team that we can be by the start of the season. Day in and day out we have to take full advantage of every opportunity to get better.”

Defensively the Gold team held the Blue team to 0-for-3 on third down conversions while the Blue team played well on third downs as well holding the Gold team to 1-for-4.

Cook said he was pleased with his team’s performance on both sides of the ball.

“I was very pleased with how we performed this early in the season,” Cook said. “It was exciting to see our team execute on both sides of the ball. We know that as a team we have a long way to go before we open up with a very good Green Bobcat team, but I am very pleased with the progression that we have been able to make on a daily basis.”

Greyhound quarterback Jordan Freeman set fire to both defenses as he threw and ran for multiple touchdowns on the afternoon. Cook said the expectations for him this year are very high.

“Jordan played very well for both sides in the scrimmage,” Cook said. “He has made many big plays for us over the course of the past three years and we have very high expectations for him as a leader of the team this year.”

The tallest player on the field, Jared Stricklett, saw reps as both a tight end and defensive end, showcasing his talent on both ends of the field.

“Jared is a very hard working young man who has put in a lot of hard work this off season in preparation to have a great senior year,” Cook said. “Jared is going to be getting snaps at tight end and defensive end.”

Next up for the Greyhounds is a trip to McDermott for an intersquad scrimmage against the Northwest Mohawks on Saturday, Aug. 15 at 10 a.m. before coming back home to scrimmage West Union in their final tune-up for the regular season opener. The two county squads will meet in Manchester on Aug. 21 at 7:30 p.m. with special schedule posters distributed to fans courtesy of The People’s Defender.

Reach Charles Grove at 937-544-2391, cgrove@civitasmedia.com or @WUDefender on Twitter.

Senior wideout Sean Frost looks down field after making a catch in action from last Saturday’s Blue-Gold scrimmage at Manchester High School.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_Football1.jpgSenior wideout Sean Frost looks down field after making a catch in action from last Saturday’s Blue-Gold scrimmage at Manchester High School.

Quarterback Jordan Freeman gets off this pass amidst a load of pass rushing traffic during action last Saturday in the Blue-Gold scrimmage at Manchester high School.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_Football2.jpgQuarterback Jordan Freeman gets off this pass amidst a load of pass rushing traffic during action last Saturday in the Blue-Gold scrimmage at Manchester high School.

Manchester running back Bryan Young uses the stiff-arm to break free and into the open on this carry during the Aug. 8 Blue-Gold scrimmage.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_Football3.jpgManchester running back Bryan Young uses the stiff-arm to break free and into the open on this carry during the Aug. 8 Blue-Gold scrimmage.
Greyhounds hold annual Blue-Gold scrimmage

By: Charles Grove

cgrove@civitasmedia.com

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