Several football coaches in the Northeast Ohio Conference are finding less is better.
Football coaches are creatures of habit. So the OHSAA's granting of three scrimmages instead of two and an extra week of practice are not popular with the head men in the NOC.
"Four full weeks is far too much. We are nicked up, but not too badly," says Hudson coach Tom Narducci. "We decided to have two scrimmage, but Friday we are just going to have a controlled scrimmage."
"I agree with Tom - four full weeks is just too much for the kids. The OHSAA came down with this so late this year it was hard to get ready for it, so we decided to stay on our schedule," says Medina coach Greg Reed. "You just can't afford to get your kids banged up before the season starts and there is such a thing of practicing too often."
"We stayed on our usual practice schedule," noted Cuyahoga Falls assistant coach Dale Leach.
Twinsburg coach Mark Solis says he was unable find a third school to scrimmage.
"We were out of two-a-days last Thursday. We started school Tuesday, so we are in our regular season schedule right now," Solis says.
Al Huge disagrees slightly with the other coaches.
"I do like the third scrimmage," the Nordonia says. "Additional week of two-a-days is pretty rugged on the players."
On the injury front, Narducci says split end Gabe Adams had several great catches against Wadsworth in a recent scrimmage, but is out for a few days with an infected toe. Tackle Tom Pallay suffered a dislocated knee cap, but it was out back into place and he will be ready for the season opener against Medina.
Solis reports the Tigers are healthy and ready for Friday night's scrimmage at Avon Lake.
Nordonia's senior defensive end Jamil Pickens also dislocated his knee cap, but will also be ready in a few days.