Lions hold scrimmage in order to prep for Saturday’s Spring game

Less than a week away from their spring game, the Lions football team returned to the field from a four day lay-off due to heavy rain conditions last week.

The Lions adjusted to a flooded and muddy practice field to get things back on track prior to the spring game, set for March 31 at 1 p.m. This year’s game will be held on the practice field across from Strawberry Stadium since the Lion’s turf reconstruction is still a month away from completion.

Friday’s practice was highlighted by 11-on-11 drills with senior quarterback Nathan Stanley throwing two touchdowns against the Lions’ defense, one strike coming on fourth and goal as Stanley connected with sophomore wide receiver Blaine Arnold.

“It was good to get back out since we were a bit rusty from not having practiced since Monday,” said Southeastern head coach Ron Roberts. “I really wanted to see a lot of improvement this week, but we didn’t get to go out as much as we would have liked.”

The Lions followed Friday’s efforts with their second scrimmage of the spring at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The 105-play scrimmage saw senior quarterback Brian Young led two scoring drives on the day while the defense flexed their muscles with an impressive goal line stand.

 “The pace that the kids played at was a drastic difference than what we did last week. I thought we were very physical on both sides of the ball, more than we were last week,” said Roberts. “I was pleased with how we played. I thought we competed well on both sides of the football.”

The scrimmage wrapped up the Lions’ third week of practice, and overall Roberts was pleased with the efforts he got from the players.

“We had a bunch of guys who played well and are going in the right direction and are buying into the things that we want to do,” said Roberts. “We have a lot of good video that we can teach off of, and we were real pleased with how it went.”

Southeastern will return to practice today at 3:30, Thursday at 3:30 and Friday at 1 p.m. prior to the spring game. The teams will be split evenly into green and white teams competing in live action.

“We’ll try to hit every phase of the game – red zone, goal line, long yardage,” Roberts said. “The guys are having fun and they’re learning. That’s the big part. They’re working hard and busting their tails, and we want to make sure they’re having a little fun out there.”