Well I went and saw the scrimmage game last night. I was thinking this might be an ugly game for SJ but I was impressed with how they played against one of the better team on the Mountain. A couple of series SJ moved the ball well but again turnovers were the key to stopping the Redskins drive. The Bride Kid was impressive as usual. If and when he gets more touches and not shy away from him on offense, SJ will be tough to stop in the running game. SJ had numerous fumbles, lost count at 4 and the QB threw a couple of INT's. If SJ could just work on a few mistakes and not turn the ball over at crucial time, this SJ team might be a dark horse in Div. 5. Not to take away anything from BR, they have a tremendous defense. They're quick and strong up front and it looks like their defense will help them win some games in the always tough Div 4. BR also have a strong running game and it appeared like they were clicking on all cylinders last night. The only setback I see that needs attention is their passing game. Blue Ridge had 2 TD's before the half and St. Johns had a long TD run by Bride which was the only scoring in the second half as both defense looked sharp after the break. This is going to be an interesting season. Go Skins!!! Go Jackets!! On a side note, One player from BR was carried off the field by Paramedics. I wish him the best and I hope he gets a chance to come back this season and help the Jackets. Awesome scrimmage game for both teams. Well played boyz!!!
Pretty good rundown of this scrimmage. Pretty well dominated by BR in the first half, and a very slight advantage to SJ in the second half. Personally I don't believe BR or SJ teams to be a contender in either division. BR is clearly in a rebuilding mode, playing lots of underclassmen--did not have a Freshman team last season, and their JV squad was mediocre by BR standards. The entire coaching staff is new except for one coach, and unfortunately as the year wears on, and they are not playing up to BR standards, I believe they--the coaches will take the brunt of the frustration(unfairly I might add). Moro was well aware the cupboard was empty, and he got out while the getting was good. From my perspective, this just isn't nearly as deep and talented a team as we have seen in years past from BR. I actually think the passing game will be the strength of BR offense this season. Hall is returning at QB and although small in stature is mobile, fast, and has a good accurate arm. He threw the ball well and his scrambling netted some of the biggest gains of the night. Receiving might be an issue however, with a couple of wide open dropped balls. BR had a really quick, shifty running back as well, but it is impossible to replace a guy like Cook. The biggest loss however is London as line coach, as he was for years the man that actually made things go for BR. Time and time again, they won games because they beat you at the line of scrimmage. Without that, they simply return to an average team.
For SJ, sloppy is an understatement. 9 total fumbles 4 lost, along with multiple bad snaps and a couple of interceptions. When they could hold on to the football they started to generate a little offense in the second half. Line play and intensity definitely improved in the second half for the guys up front which always helps (see BR and Bob London as to what great line play does). That improved line play helped the skill position players look better. Must learn to play with that intensity up front, every play, without taking it too far. It was on the verge of a fight half the plays in the second half, and had it been a real game, some kids might have been removed from the game for a series to cool their jets. There is aggressive intensity, and then there is stupidity--players need to find that line and not cross it. The option game could have had a number of big plays if one key block had been made. I actually think they might have the personnel to pull of some the old Morgan play book from back in the day with regard to option football. QB and running backs must get better at it and the decisions made with regard to give to the dive man, keep or pitch. Saw lots of bad decisions on the option, that resulted in decent plays but more yardage was clearly available. BR coaches were beside themselves trying to teach their kids how to defend the option. While SJ QB Raban didn't make real good decisions, he plays with a lot of desire, and he can be taught to make better reads in both the option and passing game. t think SJ will improve greatly as the year progresses, because there is some ability, and the schedule lends itself to some success. I just don't think they are on the level of the upper crust of teams in D-V.
As for the injury, the kid got a stinger. It was simply just precautionary by all involved. Safety of the players is of the most importance and is drilled into us year after year. Better to error on the side of caution if you will.