"I think we'll be OK offensively,'' Mays said. "I told our kids I was really proud of the effort they put out. We want to grade film and make sure that their effort matched the assignments. After grading film, there were a few breakdowns, but they're all correctable issues we can fix.
"I thought our receivers and our quarterback did a real nice job being on the same page with routes and checks in the passing game. And I thought - for the most part - our pass protection was decent, but we can get a lot better in that area. That's something to focus on for this week.
"As far as the running game goes, we didn't really run the ball a lot. We wanted to work on the passing game as much as we could. The times we did run the ball, we averaged around 6 yards a carry, which is not bad.''
Even with the success his team had the first time out in a controlled situation, Mays wants to make sure his players don't forget "the little things'' that can make a big difference.
"There's knowing your assignments,'' he said, "and the little things like running your feet on a block, blocking to the echo of the whistle, getting lower than the man across from you when you're blocking him, looking the ball into your hands - little technical things that are the major focus this week. We've hit a lot of those areas.''
SC's second and final preseason scrimmage comes Saturday during the Mountain State Athletic Conference Grid-o-rama at Laidley Field. The Black Eagles are set to square off with Cabell Midland at approximately 6:50 p.m. (see schedule, Page 2B).
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.