New Castle News


August 19, 2013

Scrimmage Roundup: Coaches reflect as local teams hit the field




Third-year Warriors coach Joe Lamenza noted a strong effort from his squad.

“There were a lot of positives,” Lamenza said. “We still have a lot of work to do. We had guys that were out of position not executing their assignments a lot of times.

“Ford City was able to move the ball in chunks because of that. But it was a good start. The enthusiasm was what it should be. But we have to do a better job of finishing.”

Mohawk’s offense and defense excelled in the scrimmage.

“(Running back) Shane McFarland ran the ball hard. He’s a good downhill runner,” Lamenza said. “Spencer McConahy caught a couple of nice passes, and the offensive line protected real well.

“(Quarterback) Gio Menichino had some time to throw the ball. That’s because of the line, the protection held up very well. Defensively, it was a total team effort. Guys were gang tackling.”

Lamenza’s troops will use the next several days to improve heading into the final scrimmage.

“We’ll try to get better at everything,” he said. “Our tackling. Our pursuit. Little things like footwork and guys being out of position, we’ll work on everything.”



The Lancers and Greyhounds traveled to Slippery Rock for a matchup with the Rockets.

Second-year Neshannock coach Fred Mozzocio was pleased with the performance his team gave.

“I thought the scrimmage was good,” Mozzocio said. “We got a competitive scrimmage in and a lot of good work in.

“I’m very pleased with both sides of the ball. We definitely wanted to make sure we got a couple of quality teams in programs like Wilmington and Slippery Rock, to see if we’d be up to the task on the physical nature and I thought we were.”

Mozzocio had a plan going in for what he wanted to see.

“We were happy that we established our run game pretty well,” Mozzocio said. “We wanted to get our base run game going.

“We worked on that pretty hard during the week and it all seemed to go well for us.”

It was a team effort according to Mozzocio in the scrimmage.

“I was happy with the whole group overall,” he said. “Everyone has worked hard up to this point. The mistakes we did make, we’ll correct them when we watch film.

“We’ll hit our basics and continue to build; tweaking the basics. We’re right on track and I’m happy with the work ethic.”

Wilmington coach Terry Verrelli acknowledged his team has work to do after battling a pair of quality teams.

“Slippery Rock and Neshannock both have nice football teams and we’re awfully young,” Verrelli said. “The whole idea was to find out who should be playing where and who can play.

“It was a great scrimmage to get a look at the personnel we have. There were some bright spots; we’ll go back and make some changes.”

The Greyhounds plan to make good use of the upcoming week of practice.

“We’ll work on everything,” Verrelli said of this week’s practice sessions. “It’s enjoyable working with young kids. You just have to be patient and work with them.”

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