Manchester grad enjoys a “Super” Experience Taking Adams County patriotism to the state capitol John P Sininger Jo Ann Hayslip Harvey U Schrock Eunice G. Burgess Senior Profile: Kaulen St Michael Cox Racing returns to Brushcreek on April 2 Southern Hills Athletic Conference holds Winter Sports Awards ceremony Adams County provides multiple walking venues Adams County parks are tobacco-free Rhoads Memorial 5K Run/Walk is April 9 Peebles Elem. Staff of the Month Floyd E Maddy Raymond A Holt Derrick Poe Spencer E McFarland Mintie F Rogers Roberta Eylar Big Time Wrestling coming to NAHS Carl Tomlin CTC students help with storm clean-up Opening the door for high-tech jobs Jack R Slyger Thomas Stratton Jr Eastern Lady Warriors headed to Final Four Senior Profile: Logan Rogers Southern Hills Athletic Conference names 2016-17 All-Conference Basketball Teams Winchester PD continues assault on drugs Alonso joins Defender staff Sheriff to set up outpost in Manchester Johnson named OEDA Membership Chairperson Sherman E Young Ruth Jackman ‘Kitten Season’ comes to Ohio Manchester Council votes to disband PD Olde Wayside Inn under new management Two overdose on heroin Senior Profile: Ethan Parrett Adams/Brown Youth League holds postseason tourney Three nights of pain Furious rally falls short, Lady Devils again eliminated in Div. III district finals, 45-42 Oscar Moore Barbara J Finnegan Ohio Senate and House honor Miss Ohio USA Michael Eldridge Frances Towner Thelma R Williamson BREAKING NEWS: Manchester council votes to eliminate police department Before all dogs go to heaven Adaptive Bikes delivered in Adams County Adams County Junior Fair Market Hog Identification plans announced for 2017 Local couple takes ownership of two local businesses Jo Hanson to retire after nearly 50 years in banking Sierra Club, hero or villain? Greyhounds, Devils are runners-up in SHAC Tournaments Harold L Purdin Senior Profile: Jacob Wickerham 98-year old author publishes first book Early March storm packs destructive punch Jeeps rally in second half to end the Peebles season How about some post season awards? Thanks for all the great sports coverage PHS Principal hopes to expand students’ world view When spring becomes a promise Greg Lorenz Clay shoots the lights out, shoots down Greyhounds’ season Senior Profile: Savannah McFarland Devils put up a good fight, but fall to Portsmouth in sectional final, 50-43 Second half comeback sends Lady Devils to district finals for third straight year Butts honored by Southeast District Athletic Board North Adams Elementary holds Random Acts of Kindness Week Chester W Eyre BREAKING NEWS: March makes its entrance with force WUES kicks off Right to Read Week with guest readers WUHS students see Aronoff show on the life of Edgar Allan Poe Local high school seniors winners of Wendy’s Heisman Awards The emotions of a senior year Market Hog Clinic scheduled for March 4 Venture Hawks fall to Scioto County Senior Profile : Colton Thornburg Lady Dragons’ season ends with sectional loss to Lynchburg Devils advance in tourney with convincing win over West Union, will face Portsmouth for sectional title Wenstrup selected as Vice Chairman of House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee Adams County 4-H Shooting Sports to hold fund raiser Linda M Howland Nellie B Hayslip Russell E Bailey Gladys M Perdue Commissioners meet in Columbus with DP&L CEO Tom Raga Missing the Dirtrollers The farms that aren’t forgotten Flora Hilderbran Commissioners to meet with DP&L officials New state graduation requirements called a ‘train wreck’ Catching up with Keller Senior Profile: Justin Knechtly Piketon size is too much for Lady Indians, Peebles falls in sectional finals Greyhounds grab Senior Night win Indians finish regular season riding six-game winning streak

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

Reach Mark Carpenter at 937-544-2391 or on Twitter @adamscosports.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

2016 People's Defender