IMG Academy is no regular high school as up until this year it was just a training facility for athletes looking to make into the NFL or other major sports leagues. This year, however, IMG began a high school football team, led by running back Bo Scarbrough (6-2, 222, Bradenton, FL IMG Academy) but as a first-year program they are ineligible for the FHSAA playoffs so losing that first game was tough on Scarbrough.
“We play every game like its playoff game since we have no playoffs,” Scarbrough said. “It would have been a huge deal to be undefeated in the first season for IMG football but we aren’t so we have to move on to the next game.”
Scarbrough knows that typically the offense or defense will win the game but last Friday it was the special teams that let IMG down in its loss to Trinity Christian.
“Special teams is a game changer for any team,” Scarbrough said. “Two missed field goals and a 20-yard punt was just too much for us to overcome out there on Friday.”
Heading into last Friday’s game Scarbrough had rushed for 1,118 yards but Trinity Christian, led by 2015 linebacker Jeffrey Holland, held the Alabama commit to his season low rushing yards.
“They were sending more players on blitzes and filling the gapes,” Scarbrough said. “We just have to get better out there and find some run plays that work or spread the ball out some more.”
Moving to recruiting, Scarbrough, who is native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, has been committed to Alabama for quite some time but that hasn’t stopped teams from calling him to see if he has an interest to take an official.
“I went to Notre Dame this past weekend but I don’t have any more visits lined up,” Scarbrough said. “I don’t know when I’m going to make it up to Florida but I definitely want to get up there. I’m going to take my official to Alabama for the Tennessee game this weekend.”