A pass from Walker Valley quarterback Kolten Gibson skips off the fingertips of wide receiver Tucker Mendenhall on Thursday, during a scrimmage against Franklin County at the old Charleston High School football field. (Banner Photo: Richard Roberts)
After Saturday’s good showing against East Hamilton and Knoxville Catholic, Walker Valley coach Glen Ryan was not happy with the early going against Franklin County in the Mustangs’ final scrimmage Tuesday at the old Charleston High School football field.
“We are just inconsistent and sloppy. We were riding high after Saturday and that’s what we’ve got to get out of our system.” Ryan said as the teams took a halftime breather. “You can’t go play a great game and play a crappy game right in behind it. We’ve got to put back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back games together if we want to get where we want to be.”
The Mustangs line it up in a final preseason appearance against Red Bank in Saturday’s jamboree at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga. Kickoff is set for 7:15 p.m.
The Rebels took control on their first possession keeping the Mustangs’ defense on it’s heels and driving 60 yards for a touchdown.
Walker Valley moved the ball well on it’s ensuing possession with Kolten Gibson connecting on three consecutive passes before a fumble at the end of a long pitch-and-catch gave the ball back to Franklin County.
“We moved the ball, we just didn’t take care of it,” said a frustrated Ryan. “Then we got sloppy and we had a couple of guys get banged up. We had our third and fourth team back and fourth and fell short on a little screen play.”
Defensively, the Mustangs tightened up and held the Rebels out of the end zone on their next two possessions.
Walker Valley answered Franklin County’s score just before a break in the action after a drive that saw Gibson, after rolling to his right, throw back across the field to a wide open Alex King for the score.
“This is why we have the preseason. We’ll come out of it. We have got to keep pushing through it until we get through it. It was one of those things,” said Ryan. “We’ll work on some things and get better on some things we are going to need for the season. We are a little out of kilter, but it is what it is right now. It’s just very frustrating to me.”