The highlight Friday’s scrimmage with Franklin County was a 47-yard screen pass from Jacob Owens to tight end Claude Johnson that went for a touchdown in Madison County’s 16-13 loss.
But there were other focal points from Friday’s practice game with the Lions, both good and bad:
•Cedrick Bush provided Madison County’s only other score with a 34-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter. “We need to find a way to get him on the field,” head coach Randell Owens said.
•The coach said starting center Bo Dalton played a “super game,” grading out at 83 percent.
•Owens expressed further concern about the kicking game, which he said “wasn’t near what it’s got to be.”
•Coach Owens said he was pleased with the way quarterback Jacob Owens threw the football. The coach blamed a late first half interception on himself, saying he hadn’t properly instructed the quarterback on what to do when a screen pass was covered.
The younger Owens threw the ball downfield and it ended up in the hands of Lion safety Jay Moon. “That’s my fault … I’m glad it happened in a scrimmage so we can work on it,” coach Owens said.
•Owens held defensive lineman James Anglin out Friday’s scrimmage, but said the senior is probable for this Friday’s game with Rockdale County. He added that interior defensive lineman Jeremiah Nesmith “played well” in the scrimmage.
•Offensive lineman Kellen Harris impressed coaches and could see significant playing time at strong tackle.
•Defensive lineman Matt Dove “stepped up and did some good things,” according to Owens.
•Last year’s leading tackler, Cody Esco, played “very well’ at his linebacker position, Owens said.
•Madison County came out of the scrimmage healthy with the exception being linebacker Kale Bodiford, who injured an ankle. Bodiford was listed as questionable Monday by Owens. Bodiford plays the “bandit” linebacker position. If he’s not able to go, that means quarterback Jacob Owens might see more snaps on the defensive ball at that position.
•Team captains for Friday’s game with Rockdale County are Al Allen, Bo Dalton, Cody Esco and Alex Young, who Owens said has really stepped up.