The Mary Persons football team wrapped up spring practice on Thursday with an 18-6 rain-shortened scrimmage loss to Washington County.
The Bulldogs trailed 6-0 before scoring their lone touchdown on the final play of the first quarter on a deep TD pass by rising freshman quarterback Logan Hickman, who was blasted while releasing the ball, to receiver D.J. Martinez.
However, on the first play of the second quarter, the Golden Hawks re-claimed the lead on a long touchdown run to go ahead 12-6. WaCo would add to its lead later in the second quarter when an errant Hickman pass was intercepted and returned for a touchdown.
Trailing 18-6 at halftime, the two teams lined up for the second half kickoff, but nearby lightning caused the game to be suspended. When lightning continued for about another hour, both teams’ coaches decided not to resume play.
MP head coach Brian Nelson said the most disappointing thing about Thursday’s game wasn’t the final score, but that both teams missed out on another half of practice in a game atmosphere.
“We needed the reps,” Nelson said. “But I think there were some good things. It’s not all bad. We watched the tape. We’ve just got a lot to work on. The biggest thing is it got called short, and we didn’t get the reps we needed.”
Nelson said MP standouts on Thursday included: Thomas Warren, Adrian Hughley, Maury Lowe and Martinez.
“It’s just such a different game. You’ve really got to game plan for that (Golden Hawks’ offense, and we’re not game-planning in the spring,” Nelson said. “But those guys did a good job I thought.”