CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- At least offensively, South Charleston looked pretty decent in Monday's opening scrimmage against Woodrow Wilson.
However, first-year coach Donnie Mays isn't going to jump to any conclusions - or illusions - just yet.
"Offense is about rhythm,'' Mays said, "and we did a nice job keeping up our pace and keeping up our tempo and staying in that rhythm. The kids understand the pattern, and that's a credit to our assistant coaches.''
Kentre Grier, the Black Eagles' sophomore quarterback, was especially sharp, hitting 12 of 15 throws for 228 yards and three touchdowns without being intercepted.
"I think what's helping us offensively,'' Mays said, "is that when we're going down and distance, defensively we're getting three and outs. There were two consecutive drives when we got our offense right back on the field. During the 2008 [state championship] season, that was something we really talked about - making sure we get the ball back.
"But with respect to that, our offense was not acting like it was clicking on all cylinders. It's too early to say anything like that. We got a rhythm going last night.''
Most observers agree that SC should hit the ground running this season, at least when it has possession.
Besides Grier (who threw for 1,549 yards and 17 TDs while playing only about 51/2 games), the Black Eagles return their top running back (A.D. Cunningham, who missed 51/2 games with a shoulder injury), a second-team all-state receiver (Kevin Forrest, 43 catches, 1,054 yards, 10 TDs) and a pretty good No. 2 wideout (Marquel Hampton, 40 catches, 602 yards, eight TDs).