Three local high schools got their first look at this fall's Friday night lights, scrimmaging another team for the first time leading up to football season.
For Murray County things looked good from the start as the Indians scored first midway through the first quarter on their way to a 34-6 win over the Benton, Tennessee, visiting Polk County High School.
Kaleb Jones found Lincoln Puryear on a 5-yard fourth-down pass to open the scoring. Murray County pulled its starters at halftime when it held a 28-0 lead.
"I liked the quick start that we had," Murray County coach Chad Brewer said. "We talked before the game about seeing the change in our program and really putting in the effort after last season. It needed to get better and tonight it was better."
Other scoring for the Indians included another touchdown through the air from Jones to Brannon Nuckolls. Davis Redwine found the end zone on a more than 60-yard run, and Cade Petty had a punt return for a touchdown. Freshman Aaron Flood scored on a short run in the second half. Alex Leon had an interception.
"We've been working for a long time to see this happen," Brewer said. "I think we accomplished what we wanted to do. We came away with no injuries which is always a good thing in the preseason.
"This will give them confidence. Now I have to get them dialed back in for the first game."
The Indians are seeking their first win since October 2017 when they open the season against Armuchee at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 23 at home.
Calhoun 23, Northwest Whitfield 14
Northwest Whitfield tied Calhoun through halftime with each team's starting players Friday night on the road, but eventually fell after a full four quarters in a scrimmage game, 23-14.
At the break, the Bruins and Yellow Jackets sat at seven points apiece. Ray Morrison caught a touchdown for more than 60 yards from freshman Owen Brooker for the only score from the Northwest varsity team.
"We moved the ball fairly well," Northwest coach Josh Robinson said. "Owen played for a freshman jumping in. He had an interception that wasn't his fault. We also fumbled inside the 20-yard line so we did well on offense moving it down there.
"We missed too many 1-on-1 tackles, but we played pretty well on defense besides that."
Robinson said he is looking forward to improving with more real-game situations.
"We played physically which I liked," he said. "We were very much equivalent as far as that goes."
Chase Gentry scored on a run of about 20 yards for the Bruins' junior varsity team to round out the Northwest scoring.
Northwest hosts Coahulla Creek in its first game of the season at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 23.
South Pittsburg (Tennessee) 35, Coahulla Creek 3
Coahulla Creek fell to South Pittsburg Friday night in a preseason scrimmage on the road, 35-3.
The Colts open their season at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 23 at Northwest.