The Cumberland Gap football team looked solid Monday night, outscoring Cosby in their first scrimmage of the preseason.
Coach Neal Pucciarelli said he was pleased with the team’s effort on the evening.
“We did some things well and there are some things we still need to work on,” he said. “It wasn’t bad for our first scrimmage.”
The Panthers got touchdowns from Jake Shipley, Whitt Willis, Brad Beason and Matt Raines and held Cosby to only two scores.
“We scored the first time we had the ball and then struggled a bit,” Pucciarelli said. “We played well on defense and I think Cosby got a little tired and we were able to put together some big plays.”
Willis and Beason both scored on long runs after catching short passes.
Willis hauled in an out pattern along the right sideline and avoided a pair of defenders on his way to 60-yard score. A few plays later Beason made a leaping catch of an Adam Nelson pass behind the line of scrimmage and weaved his way through the Cosby defense for a 35-yard TD.
The Panthers will scrimmage Harlan on Friday as they prepare for their season opener at Thomas Walker, Va., on Aug. 24.