Summer football: MHS, Warren gear up for season in 7-on-7 scrimmage

BYESVILLE – It may be the second week of July, but for prep football teams across the country, it’s also the beginning of the 2013 season.

Marietta, Warren and Monroe Central all competed in a 7-on-7 scrimmage at Meadowbrook High School Tuesday.

Conotton Valley, Philo and the host Colts also participated.

The upcoming weeks figure to be grueling and will test the mettle of players all over the area as the heat and humidity rises.

Tuesday was a chance for teams to reunite and get back into the swing of things. It was the second day of contact for the Tigers.

“We saw some good things and some things we need to work on obviously,” said Marietta assistant head coach Jason Schob.

Offensively, the orange and black looked sharp, with Anthony Kimbrough back under center and top targets Chance Wright, Quinton Coffield and Connor Beavers all returning.

“They did a pretty decent job,” Schob said. “Obviously it’s a lot easier when they have continuity from last year to this year. They did a pretty decent job with remembering the playbook. We have a few wrinkles we haven’t put in yet, so I’m excited to see how that goes in our camp.”

John Henry took some snaps at quarterback with the first team as well, while Trent Dawson saw time with the second team.

Schob who also serves as the offensive coordinator for the Tigers, would like to see his offense be more physical and take better care of the ball this year.

“Last year we had a hard time running between the tackles,” Schob said. “That’s one thing that I’m really emphasizing with the players is running between the tackles, and obviously turnover ratio as well. Those are the two areas we struggled with last year.”

Defensively, Adam Eichhorn-coached Marietta will focus on a bend-but-don’t-break style of play.

“Last year, big plays are what killed us defensively,” Schob said, “so we’re hoping to eliminate those and make teams chew the clock up and go down the field on us.”

For the Warriors, the big storyline coming into 2013 is replacing quarterback Dylan Leffingwell. Andrew Henthorn and Austin Klintworth are the top two candidates, and each took first team snaps Tuesday.

“Both quarterbacks shared equal reps,” said Warren head coach Andy Schob. “They both bring different qualities to what we have. We have to try to build on their strengths.”

Outside of the offensive and defensive lines, the Warriors don’t have a lot of experience.

“We have a lot of shoes to fill and a lot of spots to fill,” Schob explained, “so we wanted to see as many people as we could in a competition setting. We saw a lot of good things. We saw a lot of mistakes.

“We’d rather see it here and learn from it than we would in game one.”

At this point in the season, Schob is most concerned with his team executing the fundamentals.

“We’re coming into these situations with a lot of inexperienced kids,” Schob said. “Just understanding how to play at this level, how to compete, what your assignment is, execution, how to work together. We’re gonna have four or five more opportunities to learn how to do that.”

The next scrimmage for Warren will be Tuesday at Capital University.