Ah, scrimmage season.
It starts off with a few throw away lines. We talk to someone who talked to someone else who saw a team play some 10-on, 10-off scrimmage in mid-August. We get a tidbit, maybe two from players, parents, assistants, maybe even a head coach.
In turn, we pass those nuggets of information along, sometimes sowing them like seeds, but mostly chucking them liberally the way a farmer throws slop into a pig pen. It all gets devoured and then squirted out the other end.
Whaddya got for me?
Who have you seen?
What do you think?
Well! Let me tell you: This team’s good, this team’s not. This team’s humungous, this team’s tiny. That team can’t throw, that team can’t run. This guy played, this guy didn’t. That guy transferred, this guy’s coming back, that guy’s done for the year?
And, didn’t you hear? Staples beat Bunnell, Trumbull beat Bunnell, Stratford beat Trumbull, Fairfield Prep beat Staples, Staples beat Ridgefield and Cheshire, Southington rolled Pomperaug, Windsor destroyed Cheshire, Don Bosco Prep beat up Greenwich (but Greenwich put in a great showing!), Greenwich beat Masuk, Masuk beat Shelton, Shelton beat Seymour, Amity beat Pomperaug, St. Joseph beat Shelton, West Haven beat Central, Ansonia beat West Haven and Notre Dame-West Haven, Bassick beat Crosby, Holy Cross beat Stamford, Xavier beat Stamford, Hillhouse beat Holy Cross (or was Holy Cross beat Hillhouse?) Branford beat Derby, Norwalk beat Newtown…
Gah! Why do we do this to ourselves?
Because it’s fun! We’re having fun here, right?!
And we’re impatient. In lieu of actual games to whet our ravenous appetites for football, we try to piece teams together in our heads and predict the future.
Football starts on Wednesday, most games don’t go for another week.
We gotta do something in the meantime.
So, taking all that into account, what, exactly, did we think we learned from a couple weeks of scrimmages and countless hours of yakking about what we heard and what we think know.
I can tell you by watching about a half-dozen scrimmages, talking to anybody who wanted to strike up a conversation, joking around with coaches, chatting up all of the top players I’ve covered the last few years, I think I’ve learned a lot.
I probably haven’t. But at least I think I do.
So this week I’m going to take what I witnessed at these scrimmages, blend the facts I’ve learned and the opinions I’ve formed from them, then add a touch of chatter, a dash of hearsay and a couple sticks of second- and third-hand information and attempt to mold a coherent and informed high school football preview together.
Before I lock myself into the Hearst Connecticut High School Football War Room for the weekend in preparation for the first games of the season in just a few short days, share with us:
What have you learned this scrimmage season?
What do you think you know?
Let’s spill all of the pieces out and try to fit them together.
The floor is yours.