New Castle News


August 19, 2013

Scrimmage Roundup: Coaches reflect as local teams hit the field




Commesso saw positive things from his Wildcats against Leechburg.

“I thought our guys came out real strong,” he said. “Our defense was pretty impressive early on. When the varsity came back out after the JV team was in, they were a little flat. But they finished strong and recaptured some of that momentum.

“It was an up and down day. I saw some good things and some bad things out there.”

The offense gave Commesso reason to smile. Senior running backs Anthony Prestopine, Tyler Welsh and Ryley Ferrari all saw action in the backfield, while senior Brian Tanner and sophomore Evan Kendall excelled at quarterback.

“I’m pretty happy with our three running backs,” Commesso said. “They all ran pretty hard. Our quarterbacks did some nice things, too.”

Commesso believes his team is right where he thought it would be at this point in his first season at the helm.

“I think we’re getting better each day,” he said. “They’re catching on. I would say that we’re where we should be for the end of the first week. Obviously, we’re not where we want to be.

“We’ll correct our mistakes this week and continue to move forward as a group.”



The Scotties provided mixed results for coach Stacy Robinson.

“It was a typical first scrimmage,” Robinson said. “We did some things well and some things not so well. We have another week to work on things and get them corrected.

“I’d say each group had their bright spots throughout the scrimmage. But there is a lot of work to be done. Our skill people asserted themselves and I’m happy with that.”

Seniors Benjamin Young and Rob Clark turned in strong showings according to Robinson.

“Benjamin had a good scrimmage on both sides of the ball, at corner and receiver,” Robinson said. “Clark did a good job running the ball and playing defense.

“I was happy with our hitting. There was some crisp hitting and good pursuit to the ball.”

Union will work on improving things each day according to Robinson.

“We’ll go right back to the basics,” he said. “Toward the end of the week we’ll try implementing things and see if they can follow the game plan to see if they’ll do what they’re coached to do.”

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