Gallatin – Both offense’s struggled early as the defense dominated the first three series of the scrimmage at Gallatin High School. The Green Wave defense forced three quick exits by Shelbyville and had a couple of highlight reel tackles which seemed to wake up the offense.
Gallatin, on its fourth possession, drove the length of the field but failed to finish the drive with points. It seemed to be a turning point in the scrimmage when both squads were able to at least move the chains a couple of times per possession.
Both offensive line groups were up and down, looking great at times and not very good at other times. First year coach Chad Watson said, “we came out with good intensity on defense, the kids got after it; we played physical. We started slow on offense, a little slower than what I was hoping for, but after the third possession a couple of big hits got the offense going.”
The Wave finally crossed the goal line about 45 minutes into the scrimmage, which was set up to start each possession at the 30 yard line forcing the two teams to drive 70 yards to cash in. A botched snap on the PAT put Gallatin up 6-0.
The kicking game was not live except for initial contact at the snap of the ball. Both teams turned the ball over twice while Gallatin picked off a pass and returned it for a touchdown with about 4 possessions left in the scrimmage to go up 13-7. “We have to have better ball security, that’s something we did better on Tuesday night [CPA scrimmage]. We took some steps back on that tonight but I know Coach Wilson and our offensive staff will get that corrected,” said Watson.
QB Isaiah Briscoe had another good night directing the offense and making good decisions on when to run and pass based on the defensive pressure and coverage. “Isaiah is a very intelligent young man, very selfless kid, he just wants the team to win. He doesn’t care about his stats and that’s hard to find in a quarterback sometimes,” added Watson.
Gallatin added a late score with the second team unit in on offense to make the final 20-7. “I told the kids when you play a good team like Shelbyville, you have to be ready to show up. You can’t wait to get hit or hit someone else to get going. Defensively we got after it pretty good tonight. There was one pass play Coach Broadrick got upset about but if you score as many points on defense as you give up then your doing something right,” said Watson.
Gallatin will play Oakland in a jamboree next week and open with Lebanon on August 23.