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After a crazy schedule on Saturday, Newton-Conoverâs second football scrimmage against Forestview on Tuesday went much smoother .
The Red Devils hosted the Panthers in the second of their three scrimmages this preseason at Gurley Stadium.
Newton-Conover was set to play Chesnee (S.C.) at the State Line Showdown at Boiling Springs High School near Spartanburg on Saturday.
However, the day included part of the Newton-Conover football team being stranded in a broken down bus.
Rain also caused its scrimmage against Chesnee to be cancelled.
Head coach Brint Russell eventually set up a makeshift road scrimmage against Shelby High School, which started at approximately 10:15 p.m.
Russell liked the progress he saw from Saturdayâs scrimmage to Tuesdayâs action against the Panthers.
âWe played a little bit better than we did Saturday night against Shelby,â Russell said. âForestview is a really good football team. I felt like we did a lot of things offensively that I was happy with in terms of moving the football up and down the field. We didnât take care of the football as well as we wanted to. Weâve got to get that cleaned up.â
Two quarterbacks took snaps in the scrimmage, including senior Thomas Corpening and sophomore Cameron Stanley.
Both players were part of Newton-Conoverâs lone offensive score â a 13-yard pass from Stanley to Corpening in the right corner of the end zone during the second quarter.
âCoach called it in the huddle,â Corpening said of the scoring play. âThe receiver ran the perfect post. I got in behind him and hit the wheel. Our quarterback put it on the money. From there, I knew it was all me.â
Russell saw positives from both Corpening and Stanley.
âWeâve got an entire team of triple option offense athletes,â Russell said. âWe have to learn to distribute the football. I would say there is a bona fide position battle. Thomas runs the football a little bit better than Cameron, and Cameron throws the football a little bit better than Thomas. It is who is going to work on their weakness the best that is going to get the starting nod.â
Special teams was also a bright spot for the Red Devils.
Both Newton-Conover kickers â Franklin Wepner and Gustavo Loza â saw playing time on the field during kickoffs and extra point attempts.
The biggest special teams play, though, came from Red Devils kick returner Anthony Clontz, who sprinted 78 yards for a touchdown in the scrimmageâs final quarter.
âI saw a hole, and I just kept trying to find a blocker,â Clontz said. âOnce I found that hole, I started sprinting.â
Russell was impressed with the 5-11, 167-pound junior.
âAnthony is one of the fastest kids on our team,â Russell said. âHe does track all year round. The kid can run. He got a seam and exploded it. I tell him he runs like he doesnât want to get tackled and runs scared. It doesnât matter how he runs as long as he scores.â
Newton-Conover takes part in one final scrimmage on Friday at West Iredell against former CVAC rival South Iredell.
Russell plans to focus on defense during the teamâs final preseason tune up before hosting Chase next Friday night in the regular season opener.
âDefensively, we are still looking for a vocal leader,â Russell said. âJordan Martin, our starting inside linebacker, was scratched about 15 minutes before todayâs game. Thatâs always something that is rough to overcome. He is our defensive leader. Some other kids had an opportunity to step up and play. Weâve got some video we get to review and get better before Friday against South Iredell.âView more articles in: