By Clay Fowler
Killeen Daily Herald
The regular season can't arrive soon enough for the Shoemaker Grey Wolves.
SHS rolled over its second preseason opponent in as many attempts on Thursday, the hosts dominating the Lancaster Tigers in a controlled scrimmage.
The Grey Wolves' first offensive unit scored on two of four possessions, displaying its big-play ability in each instance.
Junior running back Chris Poullard broke a 50-yard touchdown run on the second possession to cap a four-play 70-yard drive and put SHS on the board. When he wasn't bouncing off would-be tacklers, the 5-11, 180-pound tailback was weaving through the Lancaster defense during the touchdown run which included at least three cut-back moves. Poullard carried eight times for 94 yards on the night.
Shoemaker followed the scoring run with another possession, but juniors quarterback Keith Smith and receiver Contrevious Parks made it a brief one. Smith found a streaking Parks down the left sideline on the first and only play of the drive for a 70-yard scoring pass.
"Every play can be a touchdown in this offense," Smith said. "When we're all on the same page we can strike at any time."
Smith completed six of 10 passes for 110 yards. He connected on just one of his first four passes, but hit the mark with all but one throw the remainder of the scrimmage.
The Shoemaker starting defense did not allow a point to the Lancaster spread attack, giving up a mere 80 yards on seven possessions, 32 of which came on the Tigers sole big play of the night, a 32-yard pass completion.
The Grey Wolves caused three fumbles, recovering one, and intercepted Lancaster senior quarterback Antron Broom once, the pick coming in the right flat with plenty of room to return the turnover for a score had the play not been blown dead in accordance with the scrimmage guidelines.
Lancaster running back Chad Washington was swarmed all night by the SHS defense, gaining just 20 yards on eight attempts.
"Lancaster is a good football team," Shoemaker head coach Ken Gray said. "I'm pleased with the way we met the challenge. I'm especially proud of two things: the composure we played with and the hustle we showed to match the speed of their offense."
One of Shoemaker's failed possessions was a seven-play march that culminated in a missed 24-yard field goal, the other a three-and-out to begin the scrimmage. Smith was the beneficiary of solid protection the majority of the scrimmage, and is proud of the development of his offensive unit a week away from the season.
"We're 100 percent better than we were at this point last year," Smith said. "Everything is going the way we want it to and we're ready to get into the season."
The Grey Wolves season opener is Friday, Sept. 3, at Del Valle.
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