LITTLE ELM -- Braswell's spring football campaign came to a close Thursday when the team capped off 18 practices with its first spring game at the newly named Bill Carrico Athletic Complex.
The Bengals were excited to be in full pads, delivering hits without a quick whistle, and feeling a fall atmosphere in spring.
"We missed being in pads, making plays and just showing our fans what to expect for next season," wide receiver Jaeden Johnson said.
Johnson capped the Bengals' first drive with a 31-yard catch-and-run touchdown. He finished with six receptions for 64 yards.
Both sides of the ball look a lot better than the beginning of last season. Second-year coach Cody Moore says he believes his team will compete next season.
"I thought we did some good things on both sides of the ball," Moore said. "I told our guys that anytime we get in the spring and also stay healthy is a good spring.
"We're really 100 percent healthy for the most part, and we got a lot better throughout these last few weeks. We'll be a lot better next year -- I'm excited."
The Bengals didn't win a game last year, so there are still some holes that need to be filled and questions answered.
Moore says the team hasn't solidified its offensive line.
"We're pretty set at our skill positions on both sides of the ball," Moore said. "We've got some size on the defensive line, so we'll be bigger than we were a year ago.
"We just need to find out who those five guys on offense will be."
Another question the Bengals have to address is the quarterback position. Last year's quarterback carousel didn't bode well for Braswell's offense.
Last year's freshman quarterback Greyson Thompson and Palmer Campbell took the majority of the reps Thursday.
Campbell completed 10 of 19 passes for 118 yards, two touchdowns and one interception returned for a touchdown by Caleb Richardson.
Thompson completed 10 of 14 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown pass to Sully Martinez.
The defense won the scrimmage. The offense only scored once in its goal-line portion, and rarely converted first downs in the third-and-short portion of the scrimmage.
"We didn't play as well as we wanted to last year," linebacker Alex Rivera said. "We wanted to set the tone, and I feel we did that tonight."
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