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Kyle Shaner/Advocate photoVersailles quarterback Jared Niekamp throws an 11-yard touchdown pass to Jace Barga in a scrimmage against Brookville on Tuesday in Versailles.
Kyle Shaner/Advocate photoVersailles quarterback Jared Niekamp throws an 11-yard touchdown pass to Jace Barga in a scrimmage against Brookville on Tuesday in Versailles.
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VERSAILLES — The Versailles defense played stout and only gave up one touchdown in the Tigers’ first scrimmage of the season on Tuesday against Brookville.


The season’s first scrimmage was a good opportunity for the Tigers to get some experience and see what areas they need to improve, Versailles coach Adam Miller said.


“I thought we looked pretty good for our first scrimmage,” he said. “We don’t want to stay at that level forever so we definitely want to improve.”


Among the areas to improve was blocking, Miller said. The Tigers got in the right spots but were a little slow on decision making, he said, which comes with inexperience.


“We feel like we definitely have a talented group,” Miller said. “We’re just lacking experience.”


The strength of Versailles on Tuesday was the defense as the Tigers held the Blue Devils to just a single touchdown on the day. That came on a 37-yard touchdown run on Brookville’s third drive of the day when Versailles had brought in several young players.


“Our defense played well,” Miller said. “They gave up some yards, but in the end they only gave up one score all day.”


Offensively Versailles has shifted its focus to running the ball with a trio of running backs in Kyle Dieringer, Collin Peters and Kyle Subler. The three backs all moved the ball well after the opening possession, which helped lead Miller and his staff to focus more on running.


“We fee like that’s what our personnel will fit to the best,” the Tigers’ coach said.


In the passing game Jared Niekamp took a majority of the first-team snaps at quarterback and connected with Jace Barga for an 11-yard touchdown pass.


Versailles will suit up for another scrimmage at 6 p.m. Saturday at Van Wert.


“It will be a good test,” Miller said. “Van Wert is a bigger school, usually have quite a bit of size advantage on us. It’s good to see how we match up with those guys.”


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