The big takeaway from the Fayetteville vs. Greenwood preseason football scrimmage Monday at Smith-Robinson Stadium in Greenwood was this….
Fayetteville most definitely plans to put the hurry in Hurry-Up offense this season.
The Purple’Dogs needed a little bit of time to rev up the engines and get started, failing to score on their four possessions in the first quarter. But once the offense began to click, the fast-paced, up-tempo attack was off to the races.
In the first half of the scrimmage — the only half which featured varsity vs. varsity the entire way — Fayetteville went on a tear through the Greenwood defense once it finally got revved up. The Purple’Dogs would score on five straight possessions, averaging just five plays per drive in building a 35-21 lead over Greenwood.
The third quarter was a separate game between JV and reserves, before a fourth quarter with mostly varsity reserves. Throughout the entire night, here’s the top highlights and the key players who stood out:
Fayetteville junior QB Taylor Powell, in just one half, finished 23 of 30 for 313 yards with two TD passes and one TD run. Powell has plenty of options in this quick-strike offense, and he didn’t he have one of them available Monday as senior WR Tyson Morris is out 3-4 weeks with a foot injury.
Senior RB Javontae Smith might have been the biggest star, and biggest surprise, of the night. Smith rushed for 38 yards and had 45 yards receiving in the first two quarters, while scoring 3 TDs. He and senior Luke Rapert give the Purple’Dogs a heck of a 1-2 punch in the backfield.
Junior WR Barrett Banister had the play of the night, making a ankle-breaking move on a defender which led to a 29-yard reception. Banister finished with four catches for 52 yards.
The Fayetteville defense did have some bright spots, forcing a fumble and sacking Greenwood QB Luke Hales a few times. The defensive line is a top strength right now in the Purple’Dogs defense, but there were some big plays allowed.
“Overall that second quarter was really a thing of beauty,” Fayetteville coach Daryl Patton said. “But we still have some things to work on before we play Lawton (Eisenhower). Overall, though, I’m proud of our kids and proud of our effort.”