Versailles responds after slow start


By Chuck Runner - For The Daily Advocate



Versailles quarterback Jared Niekamp evades a defender during a scrimmage against Covington on Friday night in Versailles.


Chuck Runner|For The Daily Advocate

Versailles’ Collin Peters carries the ball during a scrimmage against Covington on Friday night in Versailles.


Chuck Runner|For The Daily Advocate

VERSAILLES –The Versailles football team started slow but picked up momentum in the second half of its scrimmage with Covington on Friday night.

“Pretty disappointing first half,” Versailles head coach Adam Miller said. “It’s not that we were making mistakes scheme-wise. It’s just we weren’t staying on blocks.”

The third and final scrimmage of the year ended after three quarters of varsity action. Covington scored in the first half, aided by a long run by Ethan Herron to the Tiger 10-yard line.

The Tiger defense played well, keeping the Buccaneers from scoring the rest of the night.

The Tigers threatened late in the first half, but penalties pushed them back. The Tigers used to pass plays to have a first down at the Covington 23 before Herron picked off a Tiger pass at the 5 to stop the threat.

Versailles came out firing in the third quarter, scoring on a 1-yard run by Collin Peters. The Tigers used a mix of run and pass plays to drive 70 yards to tie the game.

“We have a lot of potential,” Miller said. “Give credit to the kids, they responded.”

With the shortened scrimmage, the game ended with the junior varsity finishing the fourth quarter.

The Tigers will open the season at home against the Celina Bulldogs.

Versailles quarterback Jared Niekamp evades a defender during a scrimmage against Covington on Friday night in Versailles.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2015/08/web1_Jared-Niekamp-web4.jpgVersailles quarterback Jared Niekamp evades a defender during a scrimmage against Covington on Friday night in Versailles. Chuck Runner|For The Daily Advocate

Versailles’ Collin Peters carries the ball during a scrimmage against Covington on Friday night in Versailles.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2015/08/web1_Collin-Peters-web4.jpgVersailles’ Collin Peters carries the ball during a scrimmage against Covington on Friday night in Versailles. Chuck Runner|For The Daily Advocate

By Chuck Runner

For The Daily Advocate