The Bethune Braves football team wrapped up their spring practice last Wednesday with a modified scrimmage against Waycross Middle School at Indian Field.
The format for the scrimmage was that each team would begin on offense from the yard line and advance downfield as long as first downs were made. Teams would get 15 offensive plays to run. If a turnover on downs occurred, the ball would return to the 35 until the number of plays was exhausted. Both teams went through multiple times on offense using this format.
Waycross would get the first possession and drive down the field in seven plays to score first on a 15-yard run. The Braves would hold their own the remainder of the series before taking over on offense.
The Braves would get a 15-yard pass from Haze Johnson to Jeremy Smith for a first down and Imod Hamilton would reel off a 20-yard run. But two fumbles and a penalty ended the drive for Bethune.
On the next defensive series for the Braves, Smith would pick up a sack but on the next play, Waycross broke a 70-yard touchdown run.
Starting over again, Smith picked up where he left off with two more quarterback sacks and then Emari Williams would scoop up a fumble and return it 27 yards for a touchdown. With several plays left, Waycross would break free for another long touchdown run before turning over the offense to the Braves.
Bethune was unable to pick up a first down in their next series of plays and neither team threatened the remainder of the way, as coaches worked to get everyone into the scrimmage