Newcomers Shine in Day Seven of Fall Practice


By Adam Bagni

MONTGOMERY, Ala. ---- The Huntingdon football team returned to the field on Wednesday, as it held its eighth preseason practice, a two hour workout, at Samford Stadium

The Hawks spent the majority of the practice in an intersquad scrimmage, which was highlighted by their top offensive unit squaring off with their top defensive unit.

“I thought we did some good things on both sides of the ball,” head coach Mike Turk said. “However, we still have to get more consistent. The offense seemed to get into a rhythm about midway through and was able to punch the ball into the end zone a few times, but the defense found a way to keep us out on several drives too.”

Although encouraged by the play of both starting units, Turk was quick to mention the play of several freshmen during the 11-on-11 portion of practice.

“Courtney Moss (Montgomery, Ala./Alabama Christian Academy) and Trevor Manuel (Beatrice, Ala./Monroe County HS) are both guys who are going to be able to help us,” Turk said of the pair of running backs. “Courtney is so physical that it looks like tacklers are just trying to avoid him. Trevor is a guy who can make people miss and is tough to run down if he gets past you. Kimone Bates (Phenix City, Ala./Smiths Station HS) has really had a great camp up front and has picked up the system quickly. He has taken some reps with both the ones and twos and will provide depth for us this year.”

“On defense, Zack Elkins (Trussville, Ala./Leeds HS) did a good job of disrupting our offense while he was on the field,” Turk continued. “Marlon Thomas (Apopka, Fla./Wekiva HS) continues to make plays and break up passes. Every time I see him, he looks to be giving our quarterbacks and receivers fits.”

Turk also praised returning junior kicker Cody Stepko following the workout.

“Cody hasn’t missed a kick in game-speed situations in the last two practices,” Turk said. “He has the tools to get the job done, so I am glad that he is showing consistency.”

Huntingdon will return to the field on Thursday, for the second two-a-day practice of preseason camp. The Hawks morning session is slated to begin at 9:30 a.m., while the afternoon portion will start at 4 p.m. All practices are open to the public and to the media.

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