ARCANUM – The Ansonia and Arcanum football teams saw some things that need improvement on Thursday, but they both left their seven-on-seven scrimmage feeling that they had improved.
Arcanum hosted Ansonia, Brookville and Lehman Catholic for a four-team scrimmage on Thursday. It was the third and final seven-on-seven of the season for Arcanum and the first and only one for Ansonia.
“We learned more just from this one day than we have in six days just playing against ourselves,” Ansonia assistant coach Matt Macy said. “We found some things out today that we wouldn’t have found out in practice.”
Thursday’s scrimmage was a great opportunity for Ansonia to try out its new defense at full speed for the first time. The Tigers are switching from a 4-4 to a 4-3 defense this year, which will be an adjustment for the players, Macy said.
“Putting in a new defense, our biggest concern was just getting aligned correctly, getting guys where they need to be,” he said.
The Ansonia offense, which is predicated on the run game, had some struggles in the passing-only scrimmage.
“Offensively we weren’t clicking real well,” Macy said. “But everything we do offensively is based on our run game, and obviously we’re not running the ball. That’s not an excuse. We need to execute better. We completed less than 50 percent of our passes. In these kind of things, you need to complete 60, 70 percent of your passes. We didn’t do that.”
Arcanum coach TJ Powers said he saw an immense amount of improvement in his team from its first seven-on-seven of the season at Fort Loramie to its final one on Thursday. After some inconsistent play in a seven-on-seven on Tuesday at Dixie, it was good to see the Trojans executing well, he said.
“This was our best one by far,” Powers said. “I was really pleased with the kids, our team’s aggressiveness, intensity today. I was really pleased with how we played. There were some negatives that we’ve got to eliminate and some things that have to be corrected.”
In the matchup between Ansonia and Arcanum, the Trojans had the upper hand.
Arcanum’s offense scored three touchdowns in its first series of eight plays while Ansonia’s offense failed to score during its first possession.
In its second offensive series, Arcanum again scored a touchdown. Ansonia again failed to score and also threw an interception during its second series.
Arcanum’s junior varsity offense scored a touchdown and threw an interception in its eight-play series against Ansonia. The Tigers’ junior varsity offense also threw an interception and didn’t score against the Trojans.
Ansonia and Arcanum now are getting ready for two-a-day practices to begin soon, which will be followed shortly thereafter by hitting and real games.
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