Red 12, White 0
Delta Junior High closed the book on spring drills, with the Red shutting out the White 12-0 in Monday's spring game.
There was no special teams. Otherwise, the 20-minute scrimmage (four five-minute quarters) was played under game conditions.
Typical of a spring game, there were plenty of mistakes mixed in with the bright spots.
"Defensively, we looked good," coach Lorenzo Price said. "Offensively, you always struggle when you split them up like that because it's hard to get a rhythm."
Nevertheless, the scrimmage served its purpose as far as providing a starting point.
"We have a good group of guys," Price said. "We're trying to make sure we put them in the best place to give them a chance to be successful."
Taking over at their own 14 following Kio Hobbs' fumble recovery, the Red scored on its second possession.
Picking up blocks from JaCarius Devoil and Jerquarrius Myles at the line of scrimmage, quarterback Kaithan Covington cut to his left for 73 yards all the way to the 13.
Daylin Davis carried for six yards on second down to bring up third-and-one from the 4, and Kaithan Covington punched it in from there to give the Red a 6-0 lead midway through the first period.
Neither team mounted a serious threat until early in the second half.
Starting on offense, the Red moved to the White 17 behind Hobbs' 37-yards burst.
Zalance Heard then disrupted a first down running play for a loss of eight, pushing the Red back to the 25.
One snap later, Keenon Payton's strip prevented a touchdown, and teammate Dredarius Minor's fumble recovery enabled the White to take over at their own 6.
Payton's 15-yard carry gave the White some operating room at the 21, but a series of penalties brought up fourth-and-26 from the five.
With time winding down, the White left the offense on the field, and Larry Brooks pulled down Jordan Burnette's pass between two defenders for 26 yards — just enough for the first down.
Two plays later, Eric Kelly's 53-yard, pick-6 sealed the victory.
Setting up at their own 25, the White marched to the 10 in the waning seconds with the help of a pass interference penalty and Ja'Marion Bonner's 25-yard grab.
However, Marcus Duncan's sack on the final play of the game preserved the shutout.
All-in-all, Price liked what he saw.
"You're looking for effort more than anything else in this game," Price said. "If you get effort, you can channel it in the right direction. We can make effort work, and I saw some effort today."