Saturday, August 18, 2007

TVS 5 scores - PS 1. TVS did a good job of mixing the pass and run. Would like to see more consistancy on the passing, but they did well enough to keep Shawnee on their heels. The defense gave the offense good field position. There was one breakdown where Hale got behind the safety and Shawnee's QB hit him in stride and he took it to the house. Other than that drive late in the scrimmage, South dominated. Shawnee had a lot of penalties - including an unsportsmanlike. I think that they got frustrated.

Maleski showed flashes of what he is capable of, he was starting to run downhill later in the scrimmage and also was starting to make people miss with shoulder fakes and lateral moves. Early in the scrimmage it seems like he was tentative, looking for holes and stutter stepping at times. Stone seems to be a more reliable ball carrier this season, and Flynn showed that he can run as well as pass when he has to. Don't know all the names on defense, but I know the one tackle did a great job on pass rushes - must have had 2-3 sacks. Linebacker corp seems to be solid.

TVS vs. Dixie: The grapevine tells me that Dixie is running a more spread out shotgun type offense. Miller is an experienced QB and he has some experienced recievers coming back. So the passing attack is there for Dixie. Both teams have shown that they can score points in scrimmages, but I don't feel that either team has really been tested. It may come down to who has the best defense. Also if the south offense can consume clock time with ball control rushing drives, this will keep the high octane offense of Dixie off the field. Dixie will need to score early and often. If they force South to play catch up and pass the ball more often than they like then this could work to Dixie's advantage as their defense sits back and waits on the pass.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

CCC preview

Well it looks like Covington is still the team to beat. Held their own against Eaton until late in the scrimmage last week.

North took a whooping from Dixie, new coach and graduated a good crop of seniors. So this could be a rebuilding year.

South did OK against SouthEastern, but SE was a 0-10 team last season. Good bunch of seniors, thin junior class, so the sophomores and even a few freshmen will have to step up.

Bethel - rebuilding? Haven't heard much from the hive.

Arcanum - should be strong. They still seem to be in a reload mode.

Trail - could be a retread season, don't see much hope for progress. Some good kids at the skill positons, but I heard the numbers are down and that the line is inexperienced.

Ansonia - Should be over .500 They should have some returning starters.

Bradford - new coach but one that coached there with some success in the past, heard that the numbers are down, so that does not bode well.

Mississenewa - Haven't heard anything yet. If they still have Grader they will still be hitters.

Miami East - biggest team in the conference now. They should be returning some starters, they could be over .500 this season for their first winning record in a while.

Monday, August 13, 2007

South Scrimmaged SouthEastern this past Saturday. TVS Varsity did have 3 scores. Running game looked good but the passing game was sporadiac. Both Maleski and Stone had some good carries. Thought that Flynn threw decent passes, but there were a few dropped balls. We did have one touchdown pass. The defense swarmed to the ball and in their first two offensive series, I don't know that SE gained more than 10-15 yards. They did gain more yardage in the last half of the scrimmage, but the SE varsity did not score. The TVS JV did give up 2 scores. So there was some optimism in the TVS stands afterwards. But you have to remember the competition - SE was 0-10 last season. Next South goes up against Shawnee who was 5-5 in 2006. So it will be better guage of where the team is at going into the season.

Heard thru the grapevine that Dixie (first game for TVS) was in the drivers seat for the scrimmage against North. Scored a handful of times using a shotgun style offense and did not allow North to cross the goal line. They have Miller who is an experienced QB and some good recievers with varsity experience from last year. They should have a new running back and linemen but obviously they did their jobs against North. They do have a new coach who is a Dixie alum. Sounds like Dixie is peaking while North may be rebuilding this season with their new coach.