By The Daily Item
MANDATA -- Only one week remains before the 2013 scholastic football season begins, and Shikellamy is already chomping at the bit to get things started.
But with the Mount Carmel Red Tornadoes penciled in as their first real opponent, the Braves better be ready to go when that opening whistle blows.
Shikellamy looked to be in game form during its final scrimmage against Line Mountain on Friday. The Braves reached the endzone multiple times while also shutting out the Eagles to post a solid final exhibition before the games that count get underway.
"I think we took a step forward. We liked what we saw and the kids came out ready to play with some intensity," said Shikellamy coach Todd Tilford. "We built on last week's scrimmage and we're heading in the right direction for our opener."
Shikellamy's starters reached the endzone three times in the scrimmage, with the subs producing at least a pair of scores as well.
Some of the highlights for the first-string offense included running back Alex Bruner finding the endzone after a long run on the first play, plus sophomore quarterback Christian Schlegel, playing for Garrett Kemberling, threw a touchdown pass to Nate Shrawder.
"I'm really happy with the way our young offensive line is coming along. We blocked really well, and that's a good sign," said Tilford.
Defensively, a shutout over a quality offensive team like Line Mountain kind of speaks for itself. Although the Eagles have a new quarterback in Ryan Reed, who's taking over for All-Star Cole Rickert (1,138 passing yards, 12 TDs last year).
"As a whole we defended the passing game well. Up front we have some new guys and they did pretty well collectively," said Tilford. "In our linebacking core we have people we can rotate in, and we feel we have some athletic kids who understand what we want them to do.