MANSFIELD – Receivers Terrance Hawkins and Lil’ Quinn Sargent made LaDarius Brown-like plays as the top options for quarterback Don King III as the Waxahachie Indians made a strong first impression Friday night in scrimmage action against Class 5A’s Mansfield Legacy.
Playing under the late-night lights of R.L. Anderson stadium, Waxahachie was held without a touchdown during the controlled portion of the scrimmage before lighting it up through the air once the clock started counting down in game-like action.
On the opening play of the live, two 12-minute quarter scrimmage, King connected with Hawkins on a simple out route that turned into a 25-yard gain due to the junior receiver’s playmaking ability.
A punishing 22-yard run by fullback Hayden Howell, a 13-yard reverse by Gaige Thomas coupled with a few small gains in the running game took Waxahachie inside the redzone before King connected with Hawkins again.
Facing third-and-goal from the nine, King sent a dart into Hawkins on a slant route for the game’s first score with 5:31 left in the opening quarter.
The playmaking abilities of the Waxahachie receivers continued to shine on the next two series as the Indians tied the game at 12 with 1:50 to play in the second quarter on a 55-yard pitch and catch between King and Sargent.
Moving to midfield on a 21-yard run by James Onadele, King dropped back and connected with Sargent in stride on a slant route and the sophomore receiver did the rest as he ran past the entire Legacy secondary for the score.
“I thought the people we are counting on to make big plays, made big plays. They are going to have to do that each game but it is still going to have to be won in the trenches,” Waxahachie head coach David Ream said. “We are going to have to do a better job moving them off the football and getting our backs more involved.”
Waxahachie ran 19 offensive plays in the live scrimmage after the first-team unit ran 15 plays to open the controlled scrimmage and moved the ball well, but could not find the endzone.
King was 5-of-8 passing for 115 yards and two touchdowns in the two quarters of play while the Indians rushed for 88 yards on 11 carries.
Legacy used quarterback Decarlos Humphrey to the fullest as he scored on the team’s opening offensive possession on a 70-yard quarterback draw before finishing the day with 129 yards on five carries.
Legacy took a 12-6 lead on its second possession with a 29-yard run up the middle of the Waxahachie defense but with 1:50 to go in the game the Indian defense held strong and forced Legacy into a three-and-out to hold the tie.
“Overall I was pleased with the offense and the defense too. They had a quarterback that could outrun everybody we had and when he made a good play we were chasing him. Overall we played good on defense. We hit them hard, made some good plays, got some turnovers so overall it was a good scrimmage for us,” Ream said.
It is on to the games that count now for Waxahachie as the Indians open the 2011 season Saturday against Flower Mound Marcus in the OldCoach.Com Kickoff Classic at Carrollton’s Standridge Stadium.
A preview of the season will be published Friday, Aug. 26.