Relatively even throughout when I left. CCHS drove inside Bridgeport 10 on 1st series but turned the ball over on downs. I think Bridgeport scored 1 TD on both CCHS and Wellsville. CCHS passing offense looked sharp, the ball will be in the air a lot this year....get ready for some 3 hour games. Definitely pass first run second. I think CCHS will be much improved over last year if the defense can step up and stop or at least slow down the run.
From a Central perspective, there is potential with this bunch. The offense is gonna have to be pass first, we tried to run out of a flexbone offense but other than one big play in the first series against Bridgeport, this was relatively unsuccessful. Our QB really just doesnt have the skill set that caters to that offense. But the spread offense looked good, the recievers just need to sure up catching and holding on to the ball, too many drops even for a first scrimmage.
On D, we seemed to be at the right places at times, but we need to get more intense, and get the pads popping. We need to hit and drive the man backward, too many times we're not hitting with enough pop and the offensive man falls forward for a couple extra yards. Also our interior line play on defense has to improve because there is a glaring weakness there with the lack of size we have. Both teams could have ran an inside trap play on us all night and would have gained 10 yds.+ on every play if this was a real game.
But overall the scrimmage was pretty even from all three teams with Bridgeport being a little better than us and Wellsville, and The QB from Bridgeport seemed to be the best athlete on the field.
"Those who stay will be champions" -Bo Schembechler
I saw most of the session. Wellsville was scrappy and looked young. They ran the ball alot for what is supposedly going to be a passing team but they made some nice plays when they did throw. The QB looked pretty good but the line struggled a bit to protect him and he ran for his life a few times. On defense they got pushed around some but played hard and got better as the day went on.
Central looked pretty sharp the first offensive series. They had a few drops and seemed a little nervous but they went up and down the field against a decent defense. They have alot of talent at the skilled positions and should be fun to watch. They didn't show much during the other offensive sets and instead ran the ball alot. Defensively they started well but the second series against Bridgeport they didn't tackle as well and got caught out of position a few times. The defense will determine how well they do this year as they should be able to score on anyone. All in all Coach Daley has to be encouraged.
Bridgeport hit the hardest of anybody. They lit a few people up each series with the LB's and the safeties making most of the hits. On offense they were pretty good, with a few nice runs against each team and a nice short passing game. The QB was the best athlete in the stadium today on either side of the ball. For losing the players that they did from last year, they looked pretty good to me. Again, the intensity was there as was the hustle.
what kind of defense will Central use this year? Daley stated that he was going with a 4-3. Given the fact Central has been run on so easily the last 3 years i would think they would be going with at least a 4-4 and run blitz alot this season.
We looked okay at UL. Its a new system, a lot of younger kids getting involved so its more important in this season for us to see progress with the kids and the gameplans than racking up W's. If you do the former, the latter will always follow. If we're playing better in week 10 than we were in week 1 I'll be happy.
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