Craig Harris/Macon County Times Macon County High rising sophomore Cameron Houston carries the football. Houston caught a 30-yard touchdown pass during the scrimmage.

Craig Harris/Macon County Times

Macon County High rising sophomore Cameron Houston carries the football. Houston caught a 30-yard touchdown pass during the scrimmage.

GREENBRIER - The Macon County High School football team concluded its spring competition the way it hoped last Thursday evening, dominating play in a scrimmage at Greenbrier.

"I'm extremely excited on how they came out," Tiger second-year head coach Kyle Shoulders said. "We wanted to be the most physical football team on the field and give great effort. From day one, it's never been a question about effort and never been a question about work ethic. They have displayed that this offseason and this spring practice. They reaped the benefits of that today."

Shoulders is in the midst of his first full offseason at the helm of the program, having been hired in late May of 2018.

The two programs also faced off last fall in the preseason.

However, Macon County was considerably more dominant on both sides of the football this spring.

The Tigers scored on six of their seven possessions during the varsity portion of the scrimmage.

Macon County mounted a 12-play, 70-yard scoring drive on its first possession, with rising junior quarterback Ethan Jenkins and sophomore running back Cameron Houston alternating carries. Jenkins capped the drive with a 20-yard touchdown pass to junior tight end Landon Whittemore.

Junior Austin Robinson broke free for a 49-yard run on the Tigers' second series, setting up senior Isaac Belton's 3-yard touchdown run on the next play.

Jenkins ripped off runs of 20 and 15 yards on the third Macon County series, which also included a 10-yard dash by junior Hunter Herron. Jenkins capped the drive with a 10-yard touchdown run around the left end.

Then, Tiger senior quarterback Jon Mark Gammons threw a 48-yard pass to Whittemore, setting up Belton's 2-yard touchdown run.

"Overall, the number of guys who contributed tonight … it was a bunch of different guys," Shoulders said. "It was a bunch of different guys (contributing) to even give them the opportunity to score."

The Bobcat varsity offense didn't gain a first down during its six possessions, but Greenbrier - which is coming off of a 2-8 campaign - did score on two big plays, a 62-yard run by sophomore Zamyrion Atkins on its fourth possession and then a 70-yard touchdown pass from senior Tristan Leopold to junior Silas Page on its sixth series.

The teams traded fumbles on their fifth possessions, with junior Ryan Poole recovering a Macon County fumble before Tiger junior linebacker Dylan Chupp - a transfer from Trousdale County High School - fell on senior Regan Conquest's fumble two plays later (following a 24-yard carry).

Macon County was playing without two likely defensive starters due to injuries, sophomore linebacker Dawson Long and junior defensive end Logan Whittemore.

"Defensively, we were flying around and enjoying the physicality of the game," Shoulders said. "We have had a very physical spring practice. It's a mentality we are going to play with."

The Tigers' sixth possession consisted of an 11-play, 60-yard scoring drive.

Junior tight end Wesley Carver caught a 14-yard pass from Gammons on third-and-13, and the drive was capped when Gammons lofted a 20-yard touchdown pass to Houston along the left sideline.

Gammons - the starting quarterback last year - alternated series with Jenkins, who played wingback last season. Gammons missed some of spring practice due to competing with the Macon County High baseball team.

The final varsity possession for Macon County included a 64-yard pass from Jenkins to senior Cameron Mercer, setting up Belton's 10-yard touchdown run on the next play.

Tiger junior placekicker Ryan Underwood made his first six point-after touchdown (PAT) attempts before missing his final PAT, which sailed wide of the left upright.

Each team had 15 plays for its junior-varsity players, with Macon County junior Ty Lowhorn scoring on a 4-yard run following a 49-yard catch-and-run from Gammons to junior wide receiver Jaedan Finley.

Then, one play after senior Holden Shrum's 16-yard carry, Gammons connected with Mercer for a 64-yard touchdown down the middle of the field.

"We acted like a mature football team, a little experienced," Shoulders - whose program finished with a 5-6 record last season, claiming second place in Region 3-4A before suffering a 42-7 loss to Nolensville in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs - said. "The guys are getting a little more comfortable in what we're doing. They played with a chip on their shoulder.

"It's been extremely physical in practice. For them to get the reward is huge for our program and for the direction we're going. It's a matter of them understanding that hard work pays off."