The LaGrange football team practiced in full pads for the first time during a controlled scrimmage at Callaway Stadium on Friday.
"I thought the scrimmage today was great and went really good," Mumme said afterward."It was nice to see the defense rise to the occasion when they had to. The offense will see some things on film and some spots where we have to convert on third downs and hurt ourselves with third and longs and tighten up things we're doing and we'll have some bigger plays come to us."
Junior quarterback Connor Blair had two touchdown passes to senior receivers Ervens Oge and Lavelle Meeks. Sophomore running back Nicholas Searcy ran in one touchdown and caught a pass for another from freshman quarterback Alex Scott. Sophomore quarterback Tyler Rowland also had a touchdown throw.
Junior Arlie Weber was impressive on the defensive line. Weber was going through his first practice on defense after reporting to camp as an H-back. The defense had a blocked field goal attempt and made a goal line stand in the scrimmage.
Freshman running back Daniel Curry followed a punishing run with a remarkable celebration. Curry, who weighs 215 pounds, celebrated the run with a cartwheel leading to a back flip.
"I admit that was pretty impressive," commented Mumme. "I think Curry has been holding that one back and has been sitting in his room thinking that one up. The fact that he actually did it was impressive."
The practice was the Panthers sixth of the preseason as they prepare for the Sept. 3 season opener at Birmingham-Southern.
"We're in great shape so far. I think in the four years since I have been here it is the best first week of work that I have seen this team have," Mumme said. "I'm really excited about some of the young talent coming up and obiviously our veterans and returners are making big plays and doing great things."
The Panthers have a scrimmage coming up Monday against Belhaven (Miss.) College, which is coached by Hal Mumme, the father of Matt Mumme. The scrimmage will be held at the University of Alabama indoor practice facility in Tuscaloosa, Ala., starting at 7:30 p.m. EDT.