NEW CASTLE —
The Scotties finished 7-4 last year and reached the WPIAL Class A quarterfinals, but they dropped from 24 players last season to 23 yesterday.
“I’m not surprised with it,” Robinson said. “We tried our efforts to get a few more people out as we do every year. It’s not the first time I’ve walked down this road. Twenty-three people.
“It’s not the same 24 people that we had last year, but we’ll work with what we’ve got. We’ve got to sustain. We try to get 10 out of each grade for a minimum, but we haven’t been able to do that the last few years.”
Robinson paced the Scotties through the first day of drills.
“We just covered the basics,” he said. “The guys are a little eager to get after each other a little bit. But we have to be smart with how we have contact and everything up here with limited numbers.
“We’re veterans at it. We’ve been down this road before so we’ll try to get it done and be smart with what we do. We worked on the fundamentals, offense and defense, how to tackle properly to avoid injuries. We worked on that a lot. See what you hit. We’re concentrating on that. I have to get them to the dance at least.”
Union lost nine players from last year’s preseason roster to graduation and those members played a vital role in the team’s success.
“There’s some battles where people have to step in and fill some shoes,” Robinson said. “There’s some pretty good football players that left in June. It’s time for other people to step up and stake a claim for themselves.”