Took the trip over to MD last night, I got there a little late because Rollo text me to bring snacks.
Turns out I did not need to worry if I bought enough since 8 players appeared to be missing from the scrimmage, glad it worked out. I digress sorry.
I thought for FV this was not the greatest idea, but I bet MD was desperate to find a team so I am sure Rollo hit up Nolan to scrimmage.
MD, QB was far more impressive than expected, I saw him as a frosh. He throws a nice ball. He showed some leadership by breaking up a little linemen lock up on scuffle. Mc Coy might be an NFL player, the RB runs very very hard. Despite being down 8 guys no shortage of studs. FV looked like they had not done any tackling drills this fall, their tackling was horrible, part of the reason is the MD kids are good and tough to practice for and other reasons were because they put their heads down, and never wrapped and rolled them like an alligator. I am sure FV will be working on that topic, to FV's credit they did give MD a look and I am sure MD players were happy to be going against someone else. MD did dominate so MD Fans don't get excited.
FV, skills, WR and QB played very nervous first part of the scrimmage. Both O and D fronts did not back down from MD. I thought the FV line play was their best highlight for FV.When FV went on O (1 versus 1) and the first two passes were dropped due to nerves. The kids did settle down to some degree and FV was able to make first downs on MD but never scored.
FV is bigger and stronger than last year, they don't look like the same team, even their WRs and RBs. I guess they found the weight room key. The D8 versus #1 team in the nation delta up front was not remotely close to as bad as I expected. FV did not run the ball much but when they did their RB ran hard and took it to a couple D1 kids,..next series MD defenders made sure the RB was not taking to them. FV QB played better as he shook off the nerves, Nolan had a good idea of rolling him out later in the scrimmage and I would bet he might be the most improved kid week to week. All in all FV is clearly better than last year. This scrimmage was a positive for FV.
MD got some work and FV saw what they need to fix....Zone Read, tackling, tackling, tackling, tackling, tackling, using hands to catch the ball, what is a cushion, etc..
On a technical side note
BTW MD fans, your DBs are great but the referees were being nice by only making a couple defensive holding calls. Clearly the DBs were taught to go "hands on", I wonder how crazy the rest of the Trinity league will go if your corners are continue to do so...should be fun to track....Good Luck