Mount Shasta High School’s varsity and JV football teams made contact with opposing players for the first time this fall during a scrimmage on the Bears’ field Friday evening.
With their season-opener scheduled for this Friday night at home against Modoc, varsity head coach Mike Davis said he saw good things during the scrimmage as well as things that need work.
The varsity Bears rotated their scrimmages with Yreka and Etna. The JV Bears scrimmaged Etna only.
“Our offensive line did very well opening holes,” Davis said.
The Bears’ running backs weren’t always hitting the correct hole, Davis said, and Monday’s practice focused on that.
Though they didn’t throw many passes during the scrimmage, quarterbacks Tim Jaegel, Jake Padula and Jonny Dutra had a high percentage of completions.
A pleasant surprise to the coaching staff was the play of junior outside linebacker Steve Warner, who transfered to Mount Shasta two weeks ago from Virginia.
“He showed toughness and quickness,” Davis said.
Now the Bears are focusing their efforts on Friday night’s foe, the Modoc Braves.
“They’re always tough,”?said Davis, echoing the words of many Mount Shasta coaches before him when describing the Braves.
Stopping Modoc’s Wing T offense has been one of the Bears’ focuses in practice.
Davis said Modoc has a big tight end and big tackle and a good running back that likes to run behind them.