Shady Side Academy football scrimmage answers some question; others still unresolved
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Coach Dave Havern's Shady Side Academy football team scrimmaged Carrick High School at home on Saturday.
When it was over, Havern said he was pleased with some of the play but added he still has some concerns about this season's squad.
“Our first scrimmage went pretty much like all first scrimmages,” he said., “We still have a few questions to be answered.”
The strong play the Indians will get from their upperclassmen will not be one of those questions.
“Dennis (Briggs), Jarred (Brevard), Chuck Calabrese, and Tyrel Hill have been starting for us for a few years. They're all ready to go,” Havern said.
“Tight end, outside linebacker Matt O'Connor and Jackson Fitzgerald each had a real good first week. Matty has really stepped up at both positions and Fitz is just so darn versatile that we have to determine just where we're going to play him.
“It's a good problem to have.”
One place the Indians could have a bit of problem is in the trenches.
Right now, Havern is wishing that former SSA and Penn State lineman Mike Farrell still had some eligibility left at SSA.
“If I had a magic lamp, I'd be rubbing the heck out of it, trying to get a couple linemen to materialize,” Havern said. “Not being in possession of that device, however, we're working real hard with our young linemen to see if somebody wants to jump in and be a grown up. We've got a couple weeks until our opener with Ford City. I hope it's enough time.”
Once conference play does begin, Havern knows his team must be ready to battle.
“The conference will again be a dogfight and there won't be any easy games,” he said.
Shady Side does have one more exhibition scheduled before the games start to count. The Indians will host Our Lady of the Sacred Heart on Friday at 7 p.m.
“There's still some question marks about this team and, hopefully, we'll get some answers,” Havern said. “That's what the scrimmages are all about. We know what the veterans can do. We need to see if the younger kids can handle it.”
Marty Stewart is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-782-2123 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Statewide high school football notebook: Longtime Berwick coach set to begin final season
- Center Klejka poised to lead Mt. Plesant offensive line
- Ringgold-TJ: Big 10 powers colliding
- Hydration, nutrition are key factors in avoiding early-season cramps
- Montour seeks early Parkway edge against Central Valley
- Technology goes to Birdie’s head
- Game of firsts approaches for Armstrong football
- Don’t miss matchups for Week 1 of WPIAL football season
- Valley will feature dynamic duo in Bradley, King
- Gateway to offer early test for Greensburg Salem
- Connellsville football team prepares for difficult stretch to start season