BECKVILLE — To say Beckville Head Football Coach Cody Ross was excited after Friday night’s practice/scrimmage would be a bit off an understatement.

The second-year coach was full of praise for his youthful bunch.

“For the first time in pads, I really thought they got after it and made some things happen,” Ross said. “Some of the kids we weren’t too sure about, didn’t know how they’d react when we got under the lights really stuck their heads in there.

“It’s good to know which players can be physical and who can make the plays when we need them to.”

Ross was full of praise for returning starters Ryan Harris, Milo Morrison and Colter Klinger.

“Milo ran all over the place, and he was running to the ball well on defense,” Ross said. “We broke some long runs and we also moved the ball just pounding it inside.”

The coach also praised the play of Jeremiah Self, Jacoby Williams and Bo Hammonds.

The Bearcats did some of their best hitting early in the practice when they ran a variation of the Oklahoma Drill. They also broke off several long runs when they had a controlled scrimmage.

“With everything that’s gone on, I think we’re handling it well,” Ross said. “The kids are excited, ready to be out there, and ready to play.

“The numbers are still a little lower than we’d like, but we have 18 or 19 freshmen and that’s seven or eight more then we had last year. We want to keep them together as much as we can.”