County coaches pleased with first Friday night performances
IN TRAFFIC â€” Bellmont frosh Isaac Aguan snares a pass and is about to be hit during scrimmage play Friday night versus Jay County. Bellmont looked strong in the practice session. (Photo by Jim Hopkins)
"For a scrimmage, we looked good," stated Bellmont coach Larry Getts on the performance of his Braves against what appeared to be an outmanned Jay County team Friday evening in the controlled scrimmage at Bellmont.
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The Braves had their way in goal line offense, scoring several times while overpowering Jay. On defense, Bellmont's first team had no trouble stopping the Patriots.
"Have some things to polish up, but overall the effort was good. We found some diamonds in the rough among our twos and threes, but we told the kids to keep it in perspective ... it was just a scrimmage. The true test will be this Friday against a much improved and very talented Woodlan team," said Getts.
At Monroe, Adams Central coach Michael Mosser was not impressed, but he doesn't put a whole lot of stock in scimmages. His Jets faced Eastside.
"It went okay — pretty much like all our scrimmages — we made a lot of mistakes that need to be fixed by Friday night. However, we never try to win the scrimmage, it is a practice. The intensity is not there as it would be on game night and we script our plays to see certain personnel in certain situations. I don't even consider down and distance," noted the coach.
"We found out that we need to hold our blocks better, throw the ball quicker, drive our feet, hit the hold harder, tackle better, get to the ball better, etc. All things that will come as we gain more game experience," criticized Moser.
"I was actually really impressed with our young guys. I thought they played better than our varsity kids at times. I did see a lot of good things, and one thing that I did see was effort. Despite making mistakes, our varsity kids did play hard. So, overall I was pleased. Junior Ben Pfister looked really good on defense. Troy Tonner and Zeke Schultz did a great job at offensive guards.
At Norwell, South Adams coach Jason Arnold was disappointed in a few mental errors. "I was pleased overall, but we made some mental errors by missing a couple of blocking assignments, and we had a couple of penalties, but those are things you can fix. I feel that we held our own against them, even though they were a lot larger team physically than we were.
"I think we found out that we have a good group to work with. The skill players played well. When we get everything cleaned up and play together as a team, our team has potential.
Bellmont will be at Woodlan, the Jets at Blackford and South Adams will host Winchester as the season opens this Friday.