Friday, August 12, 2011
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THOMASVILLE -- It may have been preseason but the Westover Patriots were motivated Thursday.
With the memory of a 32-0 loss to Thomasville in the teams' scrimmage last year still fresh in the minds of the Patriots players, Westover knocked off the Bulldogs, 13-6, at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
"We came out with an attitude and a chip on our shoulders this year," Westover coach Octavia Jones said. "We didn't look good at all (last year). We got pushed around, beat up and they just took it to us in every phase of the game. The whole offseason we've been preaching to these guys, we've got to play with a chip on our shoulder each and every game, change our attitudes and not let people push us around."
The scrimmage looked like a game with two teams that had only been on the practice field for two weeks. Westover committed eight penalties, while Thomasville was flagged seven times. The Patriots hooked an extra point, while a bad snap cost the Bulldogs a chance at a point after conversion.
"A head coach is never always happy. There's always room for improvement," Jones said. "I think we were very sloppy (Thursday night). We've got a lot of kinks we've got to iron out but we've still got two weeks before our first game and we've got enough time to iron out those kinks and be ready for Mitchell County."
Dalviness Greene led the Patriots with 96 yards rushing, including a 14-yard touchdown jaunt that tied the game. The Patriots took the lead on a 20-yard touchdown reception by Kenneth Towns.