Alvord couldn’t have asked for a much better start to their football season. The Bulldogs looked very impressive in their first scrimmage of the year at Valley View Saturday.
The first team offense scored three touchdowns while the defense forced three turnovers.
“I was very excited with our offense,” Alvord head coach Curtis Enis said. “We moved the ball really well and we stayed balanced. The passing game was a lot better than I thought it would be.
“Cassidy [Patterson] probably only threw two bad balls the entire scrimmage.”
Alvord’s first drive stalled on downs, but the next two plays showed how dangerous the Bulldogs can be in 2013.
Joe Randall caught a pass out of the backfield on the first play of the next series, and sprinted past the defense for a 70-yard score.
One play later, Patterson found Jaylon White across the middle for another 70-yard touchdown pass.
Patterson ended the morning 9-for-15 for 236 yards and two touchdowns.
The Alvord defense was just as tough, stopping Valley View on their first set of downs.
The Eagles notched three first downs on their next drive, but the Bulldogs kept them out of the end zone.
“We’re going to be a fast defense,” Enis said. “We are probably going to bend a lot, but we can’t break. When teams get inside the 30 we’re going to have to buckle down.”
Neither team’s second unit scored in the second part of the scrimmage.
When the first teams took the field again, Alvord put together an impressive seven-play drive. Randall capped it off with his second score of the day, going in from four yards out.
Enis said the offensive line is coming together ahead of schedule, and he’s still waiting on one possible return.
“Evan Beasley is one of the best offensive lineman in the county when he’s healthy,” Enis said. “If he gets cleared he’ll be ready to go.”
Alvord expects news on Beasley’s situation this week.
The Bulldogs ended the scrimmage by forcing a couple of turnovers. They stopped Valley View with an interception and then held them inside the 10-yard line again with a forced fumble.
Alvord scrimmages Callisburg Thursday and will open the regular season Aug. 30 at Millsap.