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Shayne Carpenter intercepts a pass against Patton High School in last weekend’s storm-
shortened scrimmage as defensive teammates Payton Lowery (44) and Emmanuel Santiago (25)
lend support. Photo by Jamie Shell

Originally published: 2013-08-14 15:38:40
Last modified: 2013-08-14 15:39:23

Avery football competes in storm-shortened scrimmage

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Avery football was looking forward to a lot of pad-popping action at a scheduled five-team scrimmage at MacDonald Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 10. Avery took the field with Mitchell, Hampton (Tenn.), West Caldwell and Patton high schools, but the Vikings was only able to scrimmage Patton before a summer storm enveloped the stadium and forced the scrimmage to be cancelled less than an hour into the event.

Despite the limited time on the field, Avery Vikings head football coach Darrell Brewer noted several areas of play from his team that excited he and his staff.

“We thought as a coaching staff since the spring that we had a chance to have a pretty strong defense. Coach Andrews and I both feel this is one of the fastest defenses either of us has put on the football field,” Brewer said. “That’s the way the defense played. They were quick off the ball and much better tacklers than we were a season ago. We’re really excited about our defense this year.”

The Big Red defense showed flashes of its potential in 2013 against the Patton offense, as both Shayne Carpenter and Wade Smith intercepted passes from the Panthers quarterback. AHS also forced and recovered a fumble for three turnovers in a 10-minute span.

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