Scrimmage foe may pass often

Published 7:39 pm Tuesday, August 16, 2011

BAINBRIDGE ASSISTANT COACH Brian McCorkle expresses his excitement after two Bearcats grapple during a blocking drill at practice Monday. Bainbridge will host Americus-Sumter County this Friday in a preseason scrimmage, at 7 p.m.|Justin Schuver

The Americus-Sumter County High School Panthers, the Bainbridge High School Bearcats’ preseason scrimmage opponent Friday at 7 p.m. at Centennial Field, likes to throw the football.

The school’s varsities will play three quarters and their junior varsities will play the fourth quarter. Admission to the scrimmage will be $5.

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The Panthers are coached by Michael Pollock, former assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at Valdosta High School.

Returning senior starting quarterback Malik Thomas completed 44 percent of his passes for 769 yards a year ago despite being slowed by an ankle injury. Also sesing action at quarterback for the Panthers will be Jonathan Thomas and Johntavion Lawson, a pair of sophomores, and senior Brice Benton, who transferred from Newnan High School.

Running back Jarod Lewis was the Painthers leading receiver last season with 11 catches. Xavier Willis had a team high 202 yards on six receptions last season.

The Panthers will use an eight man front on defense. In the seondary they will use a zone coverage.

Their top returning defensive backs are Tyran Goober and Marinez Reese.

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