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  • Brett Luke | The Journal Gazette Griffin Little of Homestead makes a catch in the end zone in front of Michael Brown of Snider during Friday night's scrimmage at Snider.

Saturday, August 11, 2018 1:00 am

Snider, Homestead coaches see good, bad

Evaluations to come after storm-delayed, controlled scrimmage

VICTORIA JACOBSEN | The Journal Gazette

There were a few highlights from Friday's scrimmage between Homestead and Snider that anyone could identify, such as the two touchdowns scored by the Spartans' Griffin Little or the interception by teammate Cameron Shannon.

But Homestead coach Chad Zolman said he won't have a full idea of his team's performance until his takes a look at the tape.

“We're working through a few things, speed to the ball and that kind of thing, and I think we saw some good things,”  Zolman said after the scrimmage at Snider's Bowser Field. “But the film doesn't lie, so we'll study that up and see where we're at.”

Snider coach Kurt Tippmann and his staff will also be studying footage from the scrimmage for individual performances and things that need to be improved, but even without a video replay he noticed that his players were not quite as animated as he wants them to be in an actual game. 

“You'd think that we'd be a little more inspired, going up against another opponent, but it is just kind of a scrimmage, not any sort of win or loss at the end of it,” Tippmann said. “To play the game, you have to be inspired all the time, with emotion and enthusiasm and intensity, and I think we lacked that a little bit.”

The weather seemed determined to keep the Panthers and the Spartans out of game mode: The start of the scrimmage was delayed by lightning spotted in the area, and the action was delayed for an additional half hour when another rumble of thunder was heard after Little scored on the eighth play of the scrimmage. 

“We've been in that situation before (during the regular season), and it's something where you've just got to go in and relax,” Tippmann said. “There's nothing that you can do. Sometimes if it's an extended period, we'll talk a little more football in there, try to keep their minds focused. But it's a tough thing for a 16-, 17-year-old kid to turn it off and turn it back on again and get out there, but that's part of the game and part of the situation.”

Zolman suggested that his kids might deal better with the delays than the coaches do. 

“Every year, it seems like we have one game where we have to do something like that,” Zolman said. “The kids' energy levels are way different than coaches', so they seem to stay pretty focused, so it's not too difficult.”

Each team was allowed a set number of plays on offense during the scrimmage, and Tippmann said Snider planned out nearly all of their plays in advance. 

“We scripted it all, we scripted every play,” Tippmann said. “It was just vanilla, and we rotate a lot of guys in to see who can play; rotate guys and give them equal opportunity. We really don't pay a lot of attention to down or distance or field position.”

vjacobsen@jg.net