Brenden Smith attempts to break through a host of tacklers in the scrimmage Saturday evening.

Salem held its annual Blue-White Scrimmage Saturday, hosted by the Salem 12th Tiger Club.

With the Aug. 30 season opener a little over a week away, first-year coach Dylan Wyrick divided his team in a game won by the White team 28-0.

“Overall I was pleased with the way our kids did on Saturday,” he said. “It was a good learning experience for our young guys, especially having officials there to give them a game-like experience. It was also a good measuring stick to evaluate where we are as a whole, and what we need to focus on this week in practice.”

Senior tight-end Carter Chilton caught a pair of touchdown passes from sophomore quarterback Bradlee Gover.

“We had some kids really surprise us on both sides of the ball,” Wyrick said. “We also have a lot of room for growth in some areas. Mental mistakes are common with a young football team, but they will cost us games down the road if we don't clean them up.”

Salem opens the season at St. James. The first home game is Sept. 6 against Dexter.

“Awareness and being able to focus when we are tired is going to be a big focus point moving forward,” Wyrick said. “Other than that, our kids gave effort and were physical. That is something that can't always be taught to a high school kid. Our boys have those qualities and they want to be successful, so we have quite a bit to build on moving forward. We as a coaching staff are excited for what is to come with this group.”

See the Aug. 27 edition of The Salem News for the second annual football edition covering local teams.