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A work in progress

— There were many things that Sebring football coach LaVaar Scott wanted to take a closer look at during Friday night’s Blue-White scrimmage at Firemen’s Field.

What the fourth-year Blue Streak coach found out after the White edged the Blue by a score of 7-3, was that his defense is fast and physical, his offense has a quality stable of running backs and the passing game needs some work.

“What I did like was in the second half we cleaned up all the mistakes we were making in the first half,” Scott said. “It was good to see a lot of young kids be physical and fly around out there.

“We have good athletes and can throw the deep routes in our passing game, but we need to work on the intermediate routes and the bubble passes.”

Both defenses dominated the action in the first quarter before the White squad put together a nice drive that was culminated by quarterback Jair Watson’s 4-yard touchdown run around the left side.

Watson used his quickness to evade a number of defenders on the pass play and the junior utilized his speed to race into the corner of the end zone.

The extra point by Noah Walters gave the White a 7-0 lead with 5:24 remaining in the first half.

Watson was the quarterback for both teams, and he led the Blue team on a drive in the closing seconds of the quarter.

The drive reached the red zone, but the White defense stiffened and the Blue squad settled for a 20-yard field goal by Hunter Livingston to pull within 7-3 at the half.

“Jair did some good things,” Scott said. “He has a strong arm, lots of potential and just needs to keep working to get better.

“Our offensive lines were all mixed up and when we put the starters together, we know things will improve.”

The Sebring running game looked solid with Tony Jenkins ripping off a 50-yard run and Randolph showing glimpses of his ability.

The second half featured a lot of passing as the Blue Streaks continue to work on their offense.

“We want to be balanced on offense,” Scott said. “If we can run the ball effectively, it will open up our passing game and we have some real playmakers on the outside.”

The third period was uneventful and the Blue squad had a final chance to pull out the victory in the last minute of the fourth quarter.

Watson completed a long pass down the right sideline inside the 15 and a couple of running plays moved the ball inside the 10-yard line with 6.5 seconds left in the game.

But the White defense rose up to sack Watson on the final play to seal the hard-fought win.

“We’re working on some different wrinkles on offense,” said Scott. “Our defensive line is going to be pretty good and I liked the fact they put a lot of pressure on the quarterback.”

Practice wraps up on Wednesday and Sebring hosts Martin County on Friday night at Firemen’s Field for its spring game.

“We’re looking forward to playing Martin County and see how we stack up against them,” Scott said. “We feel good about what we have and we want the kids to come out, be fundamentally sound, fly around and have some fun.”