BY TATE RUSSELL
SUN SPORTS WRITER
MOSHEIM - It didn't matter what Unicoi County did to try and stop West Greene Friday night, the Buffaloes' offense was clicking on all cylinders in the preseason scrimmage.
Junior Johnathan Padgett and senior Nathan Morgan combined for 213 yards rushing, and quarterback Austin Greenlee added another 134 through the air to keep Unicoi guessing and the running lanes open.
While West Greene head coach Joe Case was pleased with the production, he was even more impressed with the progress his team has made since starting fall camp.
"I think we have improved so much from last week to this week," Case said. "We opened it up a little bit and did some things we hadn't done before that I think suit our kids. Those things will help us in the long run, and I'm really proud of our kids."
Padgett picked up 136 yards on nine touches while Morgan added 77 on six carries. Only once did either of them go backwards while they combined for four rushes of more than 20 yards.
"I thought those guys did great," Case noted. "I thought my line did great and they really opened things up. We got a lot better on the offensive line and I have to go give a lot of credit to our coaches.".
Padgett's burst was maybe best showcased on the scrimmage's first series when he took an end around from the slot on a third and long and scampered for 44 yards. He was only narrowly nudged out of bounds to prevent the score.
Morgan showed nimble feat and excellent balance which made him hard to take down on the first hit. Because of that he gained ten or more yards on each of his final carries.
As a team the Buffaloes rushed for 269 yards and three scores.
Greenlee tossed an impressive 62.5 percent completion percentage while connecting on four touchdowns to three different receivers. In all, he connected with six different receivers on his 10 completions.
"One thing that really opened up the run was that we were able to throw the ball today," Case said. "We haven't been able to throw the ball like that since I've been here."
"I was pleased that we got a lot of people involved. A lot of people caught the football today and that was important for us."
Defensively, the pass rush was active all night for the Buffaloes as they tallied five sacks of the Devils' quarterbacks.
Unfortunately for West Greene, when they weren't putting the passer on his back they had a propensity to give up yards in big chunks. They at times struggled with the tempo pace of Unicoi County's offense.
They allowed six total plays of fifteen yards or more and at one stretch three consecutive plays of 30 yards or more.
"Early on we got after it on defense and did some really good things but we're still young," Case explained. "Later on, I didn't like how we handled the no-huddle. It got us off kilter a little bit while we were trying to get a lot of guys in there."
Kicker Brock Shelton showed he had respectable range and sent a 37-yard field goal over the crossbar late in the scrimmage.