— By GREG WEBB
Weatherford fans attending the 2014 version of the Weatherford Kangaroos Blue-White Spring Game were treated to a frenzy of scoring plays on the ground and through the air on Thursday at Kangaroo Stadium.
There was no shortage of energy on the field or from the sidelines as the Weldon Nelms-led WHS coaching staff kept the pace brisk and upbeat. In his second year as head coach of the Roos, Nelms’ influence was evident as the offensive units for both teams kept the snaps coming in quick succession. The result was a crowd-pleasing 49-28 score-fest, advantage White Team, with plenty of aerial displays and run-game heroics, as well.
“We’ve made some significant advancements through our spring practices and I think some of those showed [in the Blue-White Game],” Nelms said. “We still have areas we need more advancement, but I’m happy about, from last year to this one, our kids are really getting familiar and used to our style of play.
“I think the people who watched this game have some things to be excited about.”
The offense for the Roo White Team took the early momentum, with significant gains off of bubble and hitch passes, as the receivers were able to shake initial tackles and get upfield. Two of those first-period passes were connections from Bryce Burks to Tyler Scoggin, an already-tall target who appears to be a taller one yet this year.
Most significant, on both sides of the ball, was the pace of the game, a marked difference from the drills a year ago.
Although the annual ritual is different from the intensity of a regular-season contest, the scrimmage within the Roo ranks is still a high-energy affair, as the pride and success of the offensive, or defensive unit, took hold.