GALLATIN - Facing their second opponent in four days, the emphasis in the Green Wave’s football scrimmage against CPA was to continue to develop and get better with each play.
Gallatin accomplished that goal to the tune of a 17-0 varsity win over the Lions Tuesday evening.
After facing Rockvale and dominating the Rockets last Friday evening, head coach Chad Watson wanted to see how his team responded on Tuesday.
“We wanted to fix our issues we had Friday against Rockvale lining up and communicating and I think we did that,” he said. “The theme this week was communication and responsibilities. If we communicate we will know our responsibilities and if we do that we will be okay. That is what we wanted to see tonight.”
Defensively Gallatin was sound. They flew to the football, tackled in open space, and dominated the line of scrimmage.
“It starts with our older guys buying into the details,” Watson said. “Coach Chad Broadrick and Coach Steven Clemmons do a great job of paying attention to the details. The kids really bought in during the spring of our physical brand of football and how we wanted to play and now they are buying into the details. They are watching film on their own, they are asking questions, they are doing the little things. Our coaches do a dang good job and we were fortunate to inherit some dang good kids here at Gallatin High School.”
The Wave dominated early, scoring on the first play of the scrimmage when Spencer Briggs took a counter to the left racing 65 yards for the score.
From there Trace Kelley knocked in a 45-yard field goal to put the Wave up 10-0.
Briggs put the nail in the coffin for the varsity unit when he scored from just inside the five, but a fumble on the play is what Watson noticed the most.
“Turnovers, you can’t turn the football over,” he said. “We were fortunate to get that football back so we will continue to harp on ball security drills during practice. We never put the football on the ground.”
All in all coach Watson has been pleased with what he has seen over the last two scrimmages.
“I love these kids,” he said. “I’ve never had so much fun coaching and that is the best thing. I’m tickled to death and glad to be here but we just got to keep doing what we are doing and I think we will be okay.”
Gallatin welcomes in Shelbyville on Friday for a 6:00 p.m. start.