Luella, Eagle's Landing show promise

By Doug Gorman

They didn't keep an official score, but the Eagle's Landing and Luella High School football teams gathered Friday night at Eagle's Landing for a controlled scrimmage.

By the time the dust settled, both squads showed their fans plenty of promise for the upcoming season.

Caught of guard: The Luella Lions might be a first-year program, but they showed plenty of tenacity on the scrimmage's first series with a sweep around the right end.

They also threw in a collection of passes and a couple of strong runs and marched the ball to the end zone.

"I think we definitely showed signs of improvement over a week ago," said Luella head coach Paul Burgdorf. "We executed extremely well on that first drive."

Right back at you: The Golden Eagles also showed plenty of spark on their first series, marching from their own 35-yard line to the end zone. A couple of long runs by Drew Glenn, who scored on a touchdown, highlighted the drive.

However, the Golden Eagles also proved they might air the football out more this season. Quarterback Marcus Williams twice hooked up with Johnny Thompson on big passing plays.

"We did some good things out there," said Eagle's Landing head coach Bob Stinchcomb. "I thought it was a good night for football in Henry County. Paul has done a good job, they have an exciting offense. They came out and scored on us early, but our defense did a good job making adjustments."

Happy homecoming: Luella wide receiver Sean Bartram began his high school career at Eagle's Landing. Now, it appears he is going to be one of the Lions leaders on and off the field.

Against his former teammates, Bartram made several key catches. One catch went for a touchdown but was called back on a penalty.

"He is one of the players we are going to count on this year," said Burgdorf. "I don't think he was nervous, I think he was excited about being back.

Stinchcomb also praised his former player.

"He's a good player and a good kid," Stinchcomb said.

Splitting the uprights: The Golden Eagles might have found a legitimate placing kick threat. Freshman Evan Kay was perfect on both of his extra points.