A week ago, head football coach Tim Billings described his offense as efficient against Prairiland. On Friday night against Daingerfield, he described it quite differently.
"Very inefficient on offense," he said after his team lost 17-6 in the scrimmage. "Guys wide open and dropping the ball. Guys wide open and we're throwing it into the ground. Messing up our blocking schemes and letting guys run free."
During the controlled part of the scrimmage, the team didn't play too poorly. On their first 15 plays, the first team Varsity went 140 yards and scored twice. They had two plays that went over 60 yards during the controlled scrimmage.
It was the live scrimmage that concerned the football coach. After both teams ran a certain number of plays for Varsity and Junior Varsity, the two teams played the equivalent of one half of a real game. During the half, the Panthers only managed 144 yards of offense, with 70 of those coming in the final 33 seconds.
They also had three fumbles, losing two of them.
"It was depressing," Billings added. "We didn't play with a lot of enthusiasm."
The good thing about this loss is that it doesn't count in the standings. Billings knows that the mistakes that were made are correctible and his staff will be working on the adjustments that need to be made.
One bright spot from the scrimmage was the lone touchdown North Lamar scored. Tyler Hill took the handoff with a few seconds left on the clock and darted 38 yards for the score with no time left.
The Varsity squad will open up play next Friday night at Commerce. Kickoff is set for 7:30 pm. The freshman will play Commerce at home Thursday at 5:30 with the JV to follow.