Lexington County teams hold first scrimmages
Chronicle Country teams moved a step closer towards the start of the 2019 season with full-contact scrimmages taking place throughout Lexington County.
Pelion High School was the site of a 90-minute scrimmage with Batesburg-Leesville. Both Panthers made the playoffs last season, but are looking to set their goals higher in 2019.
"Last year, we were very young," B-L head coach Gary Adams said. "We had 4 freshman and this year, we grew up a little bit and, hopefully, we won't show the same youthful mistakes that we showed last year. Hopefully, we'll a little bit more mature, a little bit stronger, a little bit more experienced and the biggest thing we're trying to really focus on playing together as a team this year. I feel like if we can get those things accomplished, I feel like we can do a couple of things this year."
"We're still installing a new offense, trying to be a little bit more game management conscious," Pelion head coach Dann Holland said. "Our defensive line's pretty stout. Our back ends is pretty stout. We're a work in progress at linebacker.
"We're still working on depth. We've got too many guys playing both ways to play (Class 3A) football at this point, so we've got to develop some players in the next 2-3 week and get them ready to play. But so far, we've had 5 practices so far. Spirits have been pretty high. Kids are in good shape from this summer, so we're not having a problem there. But, the schedule is tough and we've got to get better every day."
Batesburg-Leesville and Pelion will compete at the annual Lexington Sportsarama Aug. 16 at Gilbert High School. Batesburg-Leesville will face Edisto in the opener, while Pelion will face Lexington.