By: Royal A. Shepherd, Production Director
Crawfordville, Fla. (FranchiseSportsOnline.net) -The Wakulla High School football team gave the community its first look at what to expect from next year’s squad in the Annual Blue and White game on Friday.
The War Eagles took Jerry Reynolds Field at J. D. Jones Stadium to evaluate the team’s progress since the beginning of spring practices. The result was a 14-14 draw at the end of nearly one half of play.
The blue team featured future Florida State wide receiver Keith Gavin and the nation’s top duel-threat quarterback Feleipe’ Franks. Franks said he enjoyed the light-hearted contest.“This is a fun game. We come out her to be competitive but to have fun in the same sense,” he said. “It’s always nice to come out here to enjoy these moments with family and friends and to get better.”
Franks, a 6-foot-6-inch LSU commit, threw two touchdown passes to Kelton Donaldson in the scrimmage. He also used his legs on a few breakout runs. He said the game was an opportunity to show his progress as a player.
“I’ve been reading defenses all summer so I definitely feel like I’ve gotten better in that area,” he said. “There are always areas to improve though. Footwork and accuracy are places where I can always grow.”
Head coach Scott Klees was relieved to finish the game without the team suffering any injuries. He said aside from safety, getting a look at how the team would perform in a game setting was the primary objective.
“Our main goal was to get out of here healthy. We wanted to come out here and hit on defense and run to the ball,” Klees said. “The defense really looked good. We showed them several different formations that they would have to work on.”
Junior linebacker/running back Monterious Loggins said he was excited to see how the offseason work would translate in a real game atmosphere.
“It was good. We practiced hard for the past three weeks, so it was good to put that out on the field,” he said. “I expect for the team to continue to work hard and for us to accomplish all of our goals.”
According to Klees, the showing was the first step in a season with high expectations.
“I think the kids are working hard,” Klees said. “We still have a long ways to go but they are becoming more of a family each and every day.”
White team running back Antonio Davis started the game’s scoring with five-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
Franks answered with his first touchdown pass to Donaldson on the next drive. The two connected a few drives later for the second score on a corner fade in the back of the endzone.
A 50-yard run by White team quarterback Derek Anderson in the second quarter capped the game’s scoring.
The team will return to action May 22 for scrimmages against Rikards and Godby.