I don’t know why, but I seem to be way more pumped for a simple scrimmage this year than ever before. Maybe it’s the long summer spent indoors. Maybe it’s because the last game I covered was in December. Either way, I’m fired up that we get to see some football tonight.
So, today’s 30 Questions topic has to do with tonight’s festivities.
What should we watch for tonight on scrimmage night in the East Bay?
First of all, if you’re undecided on where to go tonight, go check out BayPreps.com. They’ve got a good list started on who’s playing who.
Personally, as has become my custom, I’m headed to Pittsburg for the four-team jamboree that includes De La Salle, Pitt, California and James Logan. I’ll let everyone in on a little secret, too. Pitt got a new sound system in Pirate Stadium, and I’m guessing it’s gonna be rockin tonight!
So, what should we all look for at the various scrimmages tonight? For starters, can teams begin to execute their various game plans? For a team like Concord, that means can the Minutemen play at their normal tempo? Or, are there still too many bugs to work out to have that happen? How about a team like Freedom? You won’t see coach Kevin Hartwig pulling from his bag of tricks, but you will get a look at just how much more mature and developed a guy like QB Dante Mayes is as he commands their no-huddle attack.
Position battles are an important part of scrimmage Friday. When it comes to who’s playing QB at De La Salle, let me spare you the drama. Bob Ladouceur said earlier this week that Chris Williams will be the starter when the Spartans play Bellarmine in two weeks. That said, he has some big shoes to fill stepping in for three-time Open Division bowl champ Bart Houston. I got a chance to watch Williams the other day and he threw a couple really nice balls in practice. The question tonight will be how does he command and manage his offense with an opposing defense on the other side?
San Ramon Valley is hosting Monte Vista, Windsor and Deer Valley tonight, so EBAL fans will get a chance to see both of Danville’s new starting quarterbacks in one spot. Cameron Birse takes over for Zach Kline at SRV and Nikita Zamora steps in for Jeff Lockie at MV. Again, those are big shoes to fill in both instances. Tonight, look for their poise, presence, and ability to run two very diverse offenses.
Finally, tonight’s all about getting out and seeing some football. This is going to be the longest season we’ve ever had, so tonight represents a jumping off point for a marathon that will last all the way until the week before Christmas. Find a scrimmage and go watch!