Went to my first football scrimmage of the season and it featured Bethel coming down to Stamford for a preseason tussle.
Stamford is young but has some serious speed if players can find room to run.
Cameron Webb should be one of the top backs in the FCIAC but it was freshman Jon-Michael Bivona that showed the biggest burts of speed, breaking free down the sideline on a fake punt play that saw Webb take a direct snap and throw to Bivona in the flat for a 70-yard touchdown.
The Knights will be without Bivona’s brother, Jake, a senior receiver who will give first year quarterback Jalen Brown a dangerous target when he returns.
Stamford is going to struggle this year with a young team and an unforgiving schedule but new coach Jamar Greene feels he is planting seeds, or as he put it “molding clay” that will pay off with a quality team in a few years.
- Bethel has some decent size and was running an option most of the game.
Quarterback Joe Piatnik looked in mid season form and showed some speed when he got outside the pocket.
- Former Hearst colleague Sean Bowley was at the game, marking his second time in Stamford in as many days as he was in attendance at the FCIAC media night event the day before.
- The new press box at Boyle Stadium looks sharp but you can only access it by leaving the stadium, which is curious.
- Big ups to Stamford for having the concession stand open for a scrimmage, my first hot dog of the fall season was a nice touch. They were also selling tshirts, which were pretty cool looking.