Elizabethtown defeated visiting Palmyra, 7-0, in an abbreviated 30-minute scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 19.
Junior Cole Patrick received all of the varsity reps and marched the team 80 yards for the only score of the live session. Coach Bill McDonald has said that Patrick and senior Dane Hilsher have been competing for the starting job throughout the preseason.
McDonald went on to explain that he and the coaching staff wanted to see Patrick perform against varsity competition.
“Dane is a full-time starter for us on defense. He’s a big player for us and a big leader on defense. We’re just gonna keep competing and we’re gonna play it by ear. Both of them are great, great young men and I think they both played decently well,” McDonald said.
Sophomore Devyn Clair and senior Cayden Livingston each flashed their potential in the running game. Livingston had a pair of strong runs off tackle and had enough speed to get to the edge. Clair’s physical running style was on display and featured a touchdown that was called back due to a block in the back penalty.
Clair said that playing against outside competition was welcome after a week of practicing against his teammates.
“It was fun bouncing around and hitting them. Going all out, really. In practices we weren’t going all out because we didn’t want to hurt each other, but it was really nice to unleash it,” Clair said.
He went on to credit the blocking of sophomore fullback Adnan Traore for his success.
“He did a great job of blocking in front of me and got the right guys,”
Senior Isiah Sheetz was consistently generating pressure against the Palmyra front on defense. Teams were not allowed to hit the quarterback, but Sheetz would have registered two sacks if it were a game situation.
“He’s a good player. Made a couple plays in the backfield which stood out,” McDonald said.
Palmyra’s offense featured run/pass options which initially presented problems for Elizabethtown’s defense, but McDonald said he would rather face them now so that they have time to make the proper adjustments.
“There are a couple teams in our league that run them. I think they’re going to become more common so it’s something that we’re going to have to deal with. For the most part, we made some adjustments with the RPOs,” McDonald said.
Elizabethtown’s final tune-up before the regular season opener is a scrimmage at Eastern Lebanon on Thursday, Aug. 24. at 7 p.m.