Rebs make strides in scrimmage against Scotlandville
Getting everyone on the same page and evaluating against another opponent was the name of the game Friday as the West Monroe Rebel football team took on Scotlandville in a short scrimmage at Louisiana College in Pineville. West Monroe backup quarterback Carson Jones scored on a 33-yard run for the only score of the scrimmage as the Rebel defense showed its potential with a shutout of the Hornets.
In the 7-on-7 drills before the scrimmage, Charlie Norman scored for the Rebels while Cayden Pierce and Zach Murphy got passes for West Monroe.
“Overall I was pleased,” West Monroe coach Jerry Arledge said. “It is good anytime you get to go up against somebody else and evaluate where you are.”
Arledge said some injured players in 2017 such as Andrew Gleason and Ethan Swanner on the defensive line had a good night and they continue to bring Gleason along “slowly, but he still got enough reps to evaluate him".
Arledge said the team has the luxury of bringing guys like Gleason along because of depth up front this season. Preston Crain and Dontrell Cobbs have had a good offseason and preseason camp and look to contribute again for the Rebels. Crain started seven games in 2017 for the Rebels.
“We have four or five guys up front that we feel good about,” Arledge said. “Cobbs continues to improve a great deal.”
On offense the Rebels are bringing their offensive line along after losing all five starters from 2017. The starting line against Scotlandville consisted of:
Blake Everett at left tackle, TJ Bush at left guard, Ethan Boyer at c enter, Daniel Hawthorne at right guard, Victor Cutler at right tackle, and Rylan Green at tight end.
“Our skill position guys did a great job,” Offensive coordinator Glenn Hunt said. “Our big question is how fast can the o-line grow up? Growing pains are going to show up and they did during the scrimmage. It isn’t a lack of talent but it is youth and inexperience. Every time you play you get better. (Scotlandville) exposed some our weaknesses and we just try to go out each day and get better.”