Saturday, September 5, 2009

Royal Scrimmage

Friday was our first chance to finally compete against, and compare ourselves to, another Freshman team. We boarded the bus at Rio Mesa at 1:00 p.m. for the 40 minute ride to beautiful Simi Valley, California for a 50 play scrimmage versus the Royal Highlanders.

Getting Ready

We arrived at Royal H.S. 2 hours and 20 minutes before the scheduled start of the scrimmage and found shade from the warm California sun under the home stands.

First Offense

Our 41 player roster was depleted due to two absentees, three injuries and eight players who could not compete because they lacked the required ten days of practice to compete versus another school. That left us with only 28 players to use in the scrimmage but our youngsters got better the farther we got into the scrimmage.

Coaching this group of Freshmen is very tedious because of the high percentage of players who have no previous Pop Warner experience.


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