Football holds first preseason scrimmage

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – With a week's worth of practices under its belt, the Birmingham-Southern football team held an inter-squad preseason scrimmage this morning at Panther Stadium in front of a crowd of about 400 parents and spectators.

The team ran 120 plays, with both the primary and secondary offense scoring against the defense several times.

"I am disappointed in the defense," Head Coach Eddie Garfinkle said. "Last year, our opponents scored on their first possession in nine out of 10 games, so our defense has had a lot of work to do. Today, both our first and second team offense scored on the opening series. Our defensive guys need to learn how to wake up on Saturday mornings and be ready to play a football game. Granted, we have had several injuries on the defensive side this week, but we need to get tougher and find more leadership on that side of the ball.

"Offensively, we are way ahead of the defense," Garfinkle continued. "Senior quarterback Joe Thigpen and senior running back Walter Arrington [Bessemer Academy] continue to lead the way."

The team practices again tomorrow at 5 p.m., and has another full-pads practice on Monday at 9:30 a.m.