OK, so on Monday I sauntered down to Trumbull and after a week filled with Pilot Pen tennis, I finally got my football fix. But, I’ll admit, this trip was more about my education than yours. That is to say I was more concerned about learning how to become a videographer than being a reporter.
So here’s the first live blog video of the season (hooray!). And (ta da!) It’s a cute little vignette produced, directed and edited by yours truly using my puny PureDigital camcorder.
Hey, for a mere sports writer who has absolutely no help, it’s not bad for a first try at video production. Imagine what I could do with some time and some real equipment a la Ben Talbott at Birdseye Sports.
(Incidentally, if I really wanted to put together wham-bang production, I could have spent a few more hours and added some voice over. But we’ll save that for another day.)
As for the scrimmage: Yes, I was able to take a few notes on the scrimmage, which was won rather handily by Trumbull (about five touchdowns to Stratford’s two or three). Here they are, in a nutshell:
1. Trumbull senior back Richie Edwards is a beast.
2. Trumbull senior back Richie Edwards is a beast.
3. Trumbull senior back Richie Edwards is a beast.
The kid did just about everything (two picks, a touchdown run or two, a touchdown catch or two). If he can stay healthy this year (Edwards missed about 3/4 of 2007), he’ll make Trumbull a better team just by stepping on the field.
Now if the Eagles can get some linemen together and maybe a second threat… look out.
4. Stratford is looking for a few good skill guys to get it going.
As we all know Stratford lost Torrey Mack and Octavias McKoy, awesome players who come together once in a career. But Stratford Duane Shirden says he likes his newcomers.
The new QB is Jeff Miller who showed promise against Trumbull. One of the new tailbacks in the Wing T will be Jacob Jean-Baptiste (Stenson’s kid brother). The receivers will be Jon Sadowy and Eric Eyerman, who both looked good against Trumbull. Stratford’s line also returns to help them get adjusted.
But the Red Devils showed they have plenty of work to do, on both sides of the ball. They scored on its second drive but, other than a 30-yard touchdown strike from Miller to Eyerman, the first team didn’t move the ball consistently the rest of the scrimmage. Trumbull’s offense, meanwhile, looked impressive moving up and down the field.
Then again, like Trumbull coach Bob Maffei said afterward: “Not bad for just two days in pads.”
It’s only a scrimmage.