Yellowjackets take flight


SHERIDAN — Sheridan spread its wings Tuesday night under the lights at People’s Bank Field as the Yellowjackets entertained a crowd of close to 300 fans in the program’s annual Blue-Gold scrimmage game.

Sheridan coach Louis Campbell said a week prior to the scrimmage that he expected the offense to be ahead of the defense. He just didn’t know to what degree.

“I was pleased with the offense and the kicking game,” Campbell said. “The offense moved the ball and executed well. Defensively, I though it was lackadaisical and not ready to play. They were very un-emotional. The tackling was awful and the coverage was awful. We felt like the offense was ahead but we didn’t know it was ahead that much.”

Projected starting senior quarterback Dylan Flores was effective on the first series, completing a 60-yard pass to Tyler Raney on the fifth play, setting up a 6-yard touchdown run by starting junior tailback Braden Lunday.

“Dylan did a good job with his reads,” Campbell said. “And he did good in the throwing game. Lunday caught my eye running the ball and Flores did a good job running the offense.”

Backup junior quarterback Jordan Smith led the Jackets downfield in the second offensive series, utilizing junior wide receiver Dylan Perdue in the passing game and junior transfer from Sylvan Hills McKenzie Jones in the running game. Jones broke a tackle at the line of scrimmage on first-and-goal from the 5-yard line, reversed his field and fought through two more defenders on the way to the end zone.

“He’s got some quickness and has a little burst to him,” Campbell said. “If he can stay healthy and keep learning he can help us. He got here at the end of the summer so he missed all those workouts.”

Jones matched Lunday’s efforts in the backfield. Lunday is the more physical runner while Jones possesses quickness and speed. He also showed signs of being able to shed would-be tacklers with spin moves and creative footwork.

Senior middle linebacker Wyatt Daggett made several stops from his interior position while Dudley Adams recorded a sack and two tackles for loss. Campbell said those two would have to step it up if the Jackets are going to keep opponents grounded.

“Adams has had a good fall and he had a great spring,” Campbell said. “He and Daggett both have to play well for us. I hate to say this without seeing the film but I didn’t feel either one of them out here tonight. I didn’t see any enthusiasm. Bottom line is we have been practicing for three weeks and it has been a grind on them.”

Campbell said the coaching staff accomplished its goals and will get back to work today after watching film and seeing strengths and weaknesses as the Jackets prepare for the Aug. 31 opener at Little Rock Hall.

“We just went down the list of calling plays and did the same on offense,” Campbell said. “We just wanted to look at some things and get things on film in a game situation. And that was a good crowd. They always support us. We just have to give them something to look at.”