"We've still got a little bit more to work at, like pass blocking, a little bit of that, and we've got to work on our defense a little more.''
Like his coach, Pratt thinks there's nothing - even youth - holding the Cougars back from what they'd like to accomplish, and that's to be a major player in Class AAA.
"We can do it this year,'' Pratt said. "We've got a good chance this year - a really good chance.
"Everybody says that we've got a chance to win the championship this year, but we're not going to have the big heads. We're just going to stay humble and just keep working.''
Pratt took nearly every snap over 11 games last year, but if the Wildcat works out (with Davis at the controls), Carpenter can envision using it at any point of the game.
"Oh sure,'' Carpenter said. "It's just a changeup. We lost some quarterbacks and Tyrell Davis, he's pretty good.''
In another MSAC scrimmage Friday night, St. Albans edged Ripley 22-21, scoring a touchdown and a 2-point conversion with 2:40 left to play. The Vikings then drove from their 30 inside the Red Dragons 20, but threw an interception. SA trailed by 14 early.
In the final scrimmage Friday night, Capital beat SA 38-0, scoring on its first three possessions and holding the Red Dragons to minus yardage on their three.
Pratt threw for a pair of TDs and Richmond broke off a 70-yard scoring burst.
Today, the weekend event concludes with the 12 remaining MSAC teams participating at Laidley - including six playoff teams from last year.
The first scrimmage pits Parkersburg and Spring Valley at 9:30 a.m., followed by George Washington and Huntington at 11:25, Winfield and Riverside at 1:30 p.m., Nitro versus Princeton at 3:10, Hurricane and Woodrow Wilson at 5 and South Charleston against Cabell Midland at 6:50.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.