Demons rusty in first scrimmage action at CBA

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PIKEVILLE — The negatives outweighed the positives in head coach Tom Nelson’s review of his Fike High varsity football team’s performance in a six-team scrimmage at Charles B. Aycock High on Monday evening.

The Golden Demons of the 3-A Big East Conference scrimmaged Ayden-Grifton of the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference, Cleveland of the 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference and North Lenoir of the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference.

“There was more that I didn’t like than I liked,” Nelson said.

“We threw the ball well at times, ran the option well at times and the defense had guys to stand out a little bit.”

Utilized at quarterback were Eli Pope, Demari Daniels and Jaiquan King. Octavius Carpenter, Monta Howard and Pope had their moments as receivers, while Carpenter, Howard, Chase Eaton and Mike Rand led the defensive effort.

Nelson declined to evaluate the Demons’ efforts against the respective foes, explaining: “You don’t win or lose scrimmages; you work on blocking and tackling.

“But we need to take better care of the football and get 11 leather hats on the football. We have to shore up our assignments.”

No injuries were reported among the 45 varsity candidates, with Nelson noting tongue-in-cheek: “We didn’t hit anybody hard enough to get hurt.”

Fike’s final scrimmage will be its jamboree at 6 p.m. Friday with Northern Nash, Nash Central and D.H. Conley providing the opposition.

“I hope we look better Friday,” Nelson added.