Those were two of the takeaways from a scrimmage between the Tigers and Panthers on Aug. 24 at The Pfield, one week before the regular season begins.
The teams traded offensive possessions, practiced punts and kicks, and played one full quarter of live football that ended in a 7-7 tie.
“We’re getting better,” said Pflugerville coach Charles Taylor, who coached at McCallum last season and is entering his first season with the Panthers. “Our first two scrimmages (Hendrickson and Stony Point) were against teams that beat us up pretty good last year. We held our own with both of them, but there’s still some little subtleties we’re missing.
“Once it starts clicking, I think we’re going to be pretty good.”
Stony Point hosts Killeen in the season opener Aug. 31 at Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex, and coach Craig Chessher has until then to pick a quarterback.
Or not. Stony Point has been known to use multiple signal-callers in the past, often shuttling them in and out during drives.
That’s exactly what Chessher did with juniors Kyle Overton and Jackson Tingler against Pflugerville. Senior Jaiden Victorian took all of the snaps with the second unit and showed flashes.
“I still don’t really have a feel for them,” Chessher said. “I don’t know if we’ve got one that’s a better thrower or a better runner. They both throw the ball pretty well.”
In the live quarter, both Overton and Tingler completed their only passes for first downs. Jaylen Stafford ran in a 2-yard touchdown.
Chessher said the Tigers were missing a pair of key offensive starters for personal reasons, but that both would return for the season opener. Senior Tyler Cleveland started at running back.
Pflugerville is still adjusting to Taylor’s new offensive system, which appeared slightly altered from the one he employed at McCallum. The Knights had three players who rushed for more than 1,000 yards in 2017, including the quarterback.
Against Stony Point, the Panthers threw deep early and often, especially toward wide receiver Casey Washington, a senior committed to Illinois.
“This is probably the most speed I’ve had in awhile,” Taylor said. “We had to be very precise in what we did at McCallum. Good kids, good athletes, but a different skill type. We’ve got some kids (at Pflugerville) that can run.”
Rony Cuturic and Noah Guerrero split time at quarterback for the Panthers. In the live quarter, Washington made a diving grab on a pass by Cuturic for a 36-yard gain. Freshman E.J. Oakmon scored the touchdown on a 6-yard screen pass.