ANSONIA — Football teams are now getting their first chance to tackle another team. Scrimmages started up on Aug. 6 around the area. Ansonia High School Football hosted Troy Christian High School for their scrimmage.
The Tigers and Eagles traded big plays on offense. Wide receivers got deep behind the defense and some receivers showed off their elusive skills, shedding defenders in open space. The running backs also got into the big play action. Both teams had running backs show their aggressive and elusive styles.
Some of those plays could have been from defensive mistakes. Ansonia’s head coach Adam Hall said it was expected there would be some mistakes during the first scrimmage.
“There’s always going to be somethings that you have to fix in the first scrimmage,” Hall said. “We started off and had some mistakes. But as we went on, we got better.”
The teams went through the different phases of the game. In addition to running offense and defense, the teams practice their punt and field goal teams. Both teams wanted to get the most out of facing a different opponent for the first time in awhile.
It was also a chance for players to make their case for a starting spot. With position battles going during camp and during the early practices, the scrimmages were a chance for the players to show their coaches why they deserve a spot.
Hall said he will have to watch the film to see where players are at in the position battles. He was overall happy with his players performance.
“We had a lot of guys battling for spots and they all played hard. We are excited to see how it will shake out,” Hall said.
Next week will be another day of scrimmages for football teams around the county. Once the last scrimmage is played, it will be full steam ahead to week one of the regular season.
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