By Evan Ren
Killeen Daily Herald
Prior to Thursday's 14-7 scrimmage win at Georgetown, Ellison coach Bret Boyd had a host of questions he needed answered.
After the first of Ellison's two preseason scrimmages had been rained out on Aug. 21, that left the workout with Georgetown as his chief source of information.
But thus far, the report card doesn't look bad.
1. Improved overall toughness ... check. 2. Improved offensive line play ... check. 3. Improved quarterbacking ... check. 4. Improved ability to stop the run ... check.
"Every year I'm optimistic, but this year, I'm optimistic with good reason," Boyd said. "This is a fun group of kids to be around, they work very hard, I believe they have a very good chance to be competitive."
Of particular importance to Boyd, was the way the Eagles responded to a sluggish start.
Having been outscored 2-1 with two turnovers during the untimed portion, Ellison quickly took the momentum once the clock began rolling. A pair of Beau Boyd - led scoring drives did the trick, along with an interception by Paul McCoy with three minutes left to save the win.
"I think we grew up a little bit with every snap," Boyd said. "For the first 10 snaps, we were very nervous and tentative, but we got better as it went along and that's what you hope for in a scrimmage."
Ellison volleyball travels to Temple
After posting a 4-2 record in the San Angelo Tournament last week, the Ellison volleyball team (8-8) will likely face its toughest test in this weekend Temple.
Ellison, which defeated Uvalde, Snyder, Sterling City and Veribest in San Angelo, will now enter the Temple Tournament, an event featuring powers such as Pflugerville, South Garland, Georgetown, Conroe The Woodlands, Seguin and North Dallas. The double-elimination event will also feature Burnet, Liberty Hill, Copperas Cove, Waco Midway, Vista Ridge and of course, Temple.
"I've always tried to get a tough pre-season schedule," said Wallace, who said she is normally pleased to have a .500 record heading into district play. "It's the best way to get you ready for district."
Youthful Ellison opens with Belton Meet
Having no seniors on its roster, the Ellison boys cross country team opens its season with the Belton Meet this Saturday at Long Branch Park.
Juniors Michael Collpy, Chris Frederick, Shawn Hawkins and Antoine Williams will be joined by sophmore regional qualifier Corey Barrett. Freshmen Jeffrey Cain, Terrell Campbell, Marcel Duhart, Joshua Gonzalez, Ronald Johnson and Joseph Torres will compete as well.
Player of the Week: Brianna Loyd Scored 40 kills through six games to lead the Lady Eagles to a 4-2 record in the San Angelo Tournament over the weekend.
Statistic of the Week: 37 -- The number of years coach Bob Shelton of Hays Consolidated, Ellison's football opponent on Friday, has coached the Rebels.
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