Spain Park routs Enterprise in annual spring game
By ALDO AMATO / Staff writer
HOOVER – The Spain Park High School Jaguars football team defeated the Enterprise High Wildcats 53-3 in their annual spring game on Saturday.
“We looked real good,” said head coach Chip Lindsey. “I think we executed real well in what we had been working on for the last couple of months.”
Whether it was the contribution on offense, defense, or special teams, Lindsey said that overall he was impressed with the team as a whole.
“I think that the fact that we played fast and with an upbeat and good tempo really showed our strengths,” he said. “We played with a lot of passion and that’s something you always want to see.”
Lindsey said the offense executed nicely and that second year starter, senior Nick Mullins, looked poised in the pocket and running the offense.
“We don’t ask a whole lot from our quarterbacks in the system I run,” he said. “But it was good to see Nick look comfortable and throw four touchdowns.”
Lindsey also said that he was impressed with the speed and quickness shown by Mullins’s weapons on offense specifically senior wide receiver MJ Brown and junior running back Jourdan Walker.
“MJ looked like he added some speed,” he said. “He definitely showed a lot of flash and agility after catching the ball. Our newcomer Jourdan looked good in the backfield as well.”
Brown hauled in 3 passes for over 103 yards and a couple of scores on the day while Walker carried the ball for 61 yards and a score and caught a ball for a touchdown.
Defensively, Lindsey said the front seven looked stout anchored by the linebacker corps.
“I thought our linebackers did a great job helping out our defensive tackles provide pressure on the opposing quarterback,” he said.
But while the Jaguars played well on both sides, Lindsey said that there is still quite a bit that they can improve on.
“We had a couple of penalties that really killed us,” he said. “If we can do a better job in eliminating the pre-snap penalties, I think we will be alright.”
Lindsey said that the defensive unit needed to improve on wrapping up opposing players.
“A little bit more consistency on the tackling end would help,” he said. “I liked what I saw from our pass rush but they do need to improve the way they wrap up opponents.”
Going into next season, one would assume that the Jaguars are focused on making the state championship in Tuscaloosa. But Lindsey said that he wants his team to take it day by day.
“I think that we can improve every single day,” he said. “If we focus on becoming closer as a unit and family, our team can be successful whether we win five games or fifteen.”