GCMS Braves hit gridiron

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By Paul Gable

It took one play for the Grant County Middle School defense to wake from its slumber against Lexington Catholic on Aug. 7.

On the first play of the game, the Braves gave up an 80-yard run, and fortunately, Shelby Caudill was able to record a touchdown-saving tackle, giving GCMS some new life in its scrimmage.

When the dust settled, it was the Braves' offense which shouldered the load, tying Lexington Catholic four touchdowns apiece. Tyler Robinson recorded two touchdowns and Dustin Haar added another. In addition, GCMS got strong play out of wide receivers Blake Dills and Toby Walls, and quarterback Nathan Davis, who gained 17 yards on a keeper. Defensively, Caudill and Doug Campbell led the way.

"We did well. Our defense, however, is behind our offense. The good news is that's correctable. We will improve defensively," said coach Jamey Dalzell, adding his team has had two defensive practices compared to 14 offensive practices.

Dalzell was also pleased with the play of his seventh grade team, which he said, "won soundly."

"Coach Derek Lee has done well with them," Dalzell said.

Dalzell singled out the performances of River Martin, Derek Southerland and Austin Gripsover for their play in the scrimmage.

The scrimmage came on the heels of a camp Dalzell called "productive."

On Tuesday, Aug. 12, the Braves traveled to Mason County for a scrimmage. Mason County handed GCMS its last loss in the Pigskin Classic in 2006.

"I want to see us correct our mistakes. We need to do a better job tackling and have more intensity on the defensive side of the football," Dalzell said.

On Aug. 16, the Braves open the regular season at East Oldham. Last season, GCMS defeated East Oldham 8-0.

Following the game at East Oldham, Grant County hosts Oldham County at 6 p.m. on Aug. 19.