When kids know best 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

Another tuneup for the Greyhounds

The first time with an unfamiliar foe across the line of scrimmage for the 2015 Manchester Greyhounds football squad came on Saturday, Aug. 15 as the Hounds ventured to Northwest High School to battle the host Mohawks.

In an early morning two-hour preseason tuneup, that line of scrimmage was unkind to the Greyhounds as Northwest, behind huge offensive and defensive lines, controlled the action in the trenches and ran the ball at will on offense and other than a few instances, stifled a short-handed Manchester offense.

“We knew going into the scrimmage that Northwest was going to be well coached ad very physical,” said Manchester head coach Dustin Cook. “That was one of the big reasons that we wanted to scrimmage them, as we knew it was going to be a good test to see where we were physically at this point in our season.”

The Hounds played short-handed on both sides of the ball the majority of the day due to injuries which no coach wants to see in the preseason. Running back Bryan Young, a key cog in the Hounds’ offense, went out early in the scrimmage with concussion-like symptoms and quarterback Jordan Freeman was sandwiched on a hard hit by two Northwest tacklers. Freeman stayed on the ground in pain for a few minutes before making his way to the sidelines, where he spent the rest of the day nursing an ice pack wrapped around his left bicep. Manchester also saw running back James Arias leave the scrimmage, like Young with concussion symptoms after a blow to the head. The injuries, all of whom are expected to recover quickly, allowed Coach Cook to use a number of players in different spots.

“Going into the scrimmage we wanted to make sure that we got a lot of our guys worked into the mix,” said Cook. “We definitely wanted to come out of there without any real serious injuries and we seemed to have done that which is always a plus.”

The scrimmage was played on the Northwest junior high field as their varsity field was undergoing some sod work. No matter which field the two teams met on, it was the Mohawks spending the majority of the time in the red zone and the end zone behind their brutal rushing attack. The two teams used two different formats in the scrimmage, the 10 plays on offense and then down and distance situations.

The Hounds found the end zone during the early 10-play efforts with Freeman at quarterback and Arias finding pay dirt, but struggled the rest of the way, though backup QB Nick Woolard was able to take some valuable snaps. The Mohawks took the ball to the end zone on five consecutive possessions, while holding down the Greyhound offense that incurred some mistakes with bad snaps and quarterback sacks, plus a Woolard interception toss.

“Overall, I thought the scrimmage went well,” said Coach Cook. “Offensively we were able to move the ball at times and defensively we were able to see just where we needed to be from a physical standpoint.”

“The main focus for this week is to make sure that we get our health back to full strength and start focusing on what we need to do as a team to be successful to start the season.”

The Hounds have one more tune-up before their Aug. 28 season opener and they will welcome the West Union Dragons to Greyhound Stadium this Friday night for the annual Jamboree Game between the two county squads. Fans at the game will receive a special schedule schedule poster highlighting the 2015 seasons for both teams courtesy of The People’s Defender.

On the final play of last Saturday’s scrimmage, Manchester quarterback Nick Woolard, left, drops back to pass, pressured by Northwest defender Darien Logan.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_Football11.jpgOn the final play of last Saturday’s scrimmage, Manchester quarterback Nick Woolard, left, drops back to pass, pressured by Northwest defender Darien Logan. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender

Manchester running back Dallas Grooms (25), center, looks for an opening in the Northwest defense during action from the Aug. 15 pre-season scrimmage at Northwest High School.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_Football21.jpgManchester running back Dallas Grooms (25), center, looks for an opening in the Northwest defense during action from the Aug. 15 pre-season scrimmage at Northwest High School. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender
Manchester scrimmages at Northwest

By Mark Carpenter

mcarpenter@civitasmedia.com

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