Southside’s midnight practice

Published 6:24 pm Friday, August 9, 2019

CHOCOWINITY — There are few better feelings than driving up to a football field seeing the lights shining over the tree line from a few miles away. The Seahawks were on the field late Thursday night, as Southside put their 2019 football team on film for the first time this year.

After having an afternoon practice Thursday evening, the team took a break, had a nice team dinner and got back into their practice uniforms for a full contact scrimmage.

With two scrimmages next week, head coach Jeff Carrow wanted to have his team watch film on their performance from the midnight practice, to correct some things before they faced an opponent not named the Seahawks.

“Overall, I was pleased (about the practice),” Carrow said. “We knew it was going to look a little rough. … We rotated a ton of linemen and center guys. The film is going to be real important for us to start evaluating and getting things ready to go for Monday.”

This is only the second time the Seahawks have dressed out in full pads, and the first time they’ve really gone full speed with pads in an inter-squad scrimmage.

“Offensive line wise, I (need to see) communication. I think it would’ve solved about half the problems tonight,” Carrow said. “They got the size and we have some guards that can move a little bit, so I’m getting a little happier with that. … Varsity guys, you can tell they have experience running the ball. They read blocks well in open field, I was really pleased with the way they ran down field.”

Although he was relatively happy with the defenses performance in the first half of the practice, Carrow mentioned a few things they could work on.

“Read a little faster, pick up stuff a little better and tackle a little crisper,” Carrow said.

For an 11 p.m. start time to their late night scrimmage, Carrow praised the crowd attendance for the practice.

“I appreciate the crowd that came out tonight, that’s pretty good. It’s grown a little bit every year, so I’m pretty happy with that,” Carrow said.

With the conclusion of the midnight practice, the Seahawks now get geared up for the Northside scrimmage on Wednesday. Northside, Bear Grass Charter School, Plymouth/Washington County, Bertie and Pamlico County will join Southside at the jamboree. The only team the Seahawks won’t face on Wednesday will be Bertie, according to coach Carrow. The jamboree begins at 4 p.m.