POCA - For most high school teams, one of the most important aspects of scrimmages is a coach can look for players to step up and fill voids on the depth chart.
That was certainly the case for Poca on Saturday.
The Dots hosted North Marion at O.O. White Stadium minus running back Dalton Hedrick, who was expected to play a large role in the offense for coach Bob Lemley in 2012.
Last season, Hedrick ran for 1,026 yards and scored 11 touchdowns in addition to catching 20 passes for 257 yards.
Hedrick did not come out for football this year, but Lemley was pleased with the play of those that filled the hole in the Dots' backfield.
"Dalton Hedrick is not out right now but we've got two running backs," Lemley said. "One is Thomas Loudin, they call him 'T.T.', and we've got sophomore Levi Clendenin. I think Levi did a good job for us. We're not deep but we've got a couple of kids that can run it."
Lemley said in addition to Loudin and Clendenin, he also has senior Hayden Bailey available to carry the ball.
"Hayden Bailey is kind of a hybrid," he said. "He can play fullback, slot and end so we'll move him around."
The Dots' offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage against the Huskies on Saturday, allowing Poca's running backs and junior quarterback Jake Payne to move the ball with ease at times against the North Marion defense.
"We don't have a whole lot of size [on the line] but we've got a couple of seniors out there and you expect seniors to do a good job," Lemley said. "I think we're going to be improved and if we can get the line working with the backs, we should be able to move the ball."