Within the past several days all the City Series football teams have had a chance to hit someone other than their own teammates.
Here's a rundown on some of those I got to see:
Buchtel at Warrensville Hts. and Cleveland JFK - Serious hitting going on in this one as Buchtel got the best of both times offensively and defensively.
Offensively, the Griffins showed a tendency to be a big play team as huge runs were broken off. Junior wide receiver Corey Smith had a bit of a rough day, dropping a deep pass that was a sure touchdown and also losing the handle on another.
Coach Ricky Powers wasn't thrilled even when plays went for big gains because his team executed them improperly. Defensively, Warrensville through a no-huddle at the Griffins that threw them off their game to start their defensive sets. They recovered to play some stiff defense.
Garfield scrimmaged the Barberton Magics and showed some spark on offense, something that, on the whole, pleased Coach Bob Sax. The Magics had difficulty scoring for much of the action that I saw.
But the Rams offense looked as if it will be fairly potent by the time the regular season rolls around next week.
The Firestone Falcons teed things up gainst the Archbishop Hoban Knights in what ultimately proved to be a defensive battle. Falcons tackle Tommy Brown opened some holes but for the most part neither team could do much to move the ball.
I, personally, didn't make it to Ellet's scimmage last week, but Coach Joe Yost said he went in with but one goal - survival. With a 42-man roster, Ellet needs health and for its youngsters to grow up quickly for success this year.
''We went in with 42; we left with 42,'' Yost said of his scrimmage.