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Spring into action

Saks overruns White Plains and Pleasant Valley falls to Pisgah in second day of County Spring Jam at JSU Stadium

Saks' Rodney Reddick (5) tries to fight his way into the end zone against White Plains Saturday. (All photos by B.J. Franklin/GungHo Photos)

Saks’ Rodney Reddick (5) tries to fight his way into the end zone against White Plains Saturday. (All photos by B.J. Franklin/GungHo Photos)

By East Alabama Sports Today

JACKSONVILLE — The Saks football team went into spring practice with a lot of spots to fill on offense.

On Saturday, the Wildcats got to see their young charges in game conditions and the results were promising. Five different players scored and the Wildcats overran White Plains 42-0 at JSU Stadium.

“We have some young guys starting for the first time and it was good to see them have some success,” offensive coordinator Michael Easley said. “We lost nine starters on offense from last year so we have a lot of inexperience out there. I just wanted to see those young guys play hard and get more comfortable and they did that.”

Saks head coach Jonathan Miller concurred there were signs of “some nerves” early, but once the players settled into the game they played “solid.” He was pleased to see them trying to play physical.

No matter where the rooting interest in the game fell, it was good to see Andrew Kilgore in the front row of the stands. Easley said he was “thrilled” the three-sport standout was able to make it to the game.

Kilgore was seriously injured in a car accident last month that required several surgeries. He was projected to be one of the Wildcats’ top defensive players this fall. Since returning from the hospital he has been able to take in several of Saks’ spring practices.

“I was glad to see Andrew make it to the game,” Miller said. “He will always be a big part of our program and our kids enjoy having him around. He has had a chance to watch practice also, which was good for the guys who weren’t able to see him in Birmingham.”

In the second game of the day, County Spring Jam host Pleasant Valley fell to Pisgah 14-8.

White Plains head coach Chris White leans into the Wildcats' huddle to relay a play.

White Plains head coach Chris White leans into the Wildcats’ huddle to relay a play.

Saks' Will Fletcher gets a bead on White Plains' quarterback Thomas Roszell.

Saks’ Will Fletcher gets a bead on White Plains’ quarterback Thomas Roszell.

Saks sophomore quarterback LaDerrick Bell awaits the snap.

Saks sophomore quarterback LaDerrick Bell awaits the snap.



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