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Scrimmage Saturday
by Aaron Retherford
Aug 22, 2009 | 557 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs' Anthony Acosta clings tightly to the pigskin while being brought down by a Greenwave tackler during Saturday's scrimmage.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs' Anthony Acosta clings tightly to the pigskin while being brought down by a Greenwave tackler during Saturday's scrimmage.
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The first meeting with a football foe of the season is rarely ever pretty, but that doesn’t mean coaches around northern Nevada weren’t happy with what transpired on the gridiron.

Saturday saw many of the Silver State’s prep football teams scrimmage and learn what they are doing well, but more importantly figure out what they need to work on before regular season games start Friday night.

“It was a good scrimmage overall. You got exactly what you wanted out of it,” Reed football coach Ernie Howren said. “There were so many different things that we liked. When you scrimmage like that, you like to see the things you need to work on, too. That’s why you do it, so you can get better.”

The Raiders were down at Galena, while Spanish Springs was the only school to stay in the Rail City when it hosted Fallon.

Third-year Cougars coach Scott Hare said he liked how physical his team was on both sides of the ball.

As the first and only competition before the regular season begins, the scrimmages are the equivalent of a fourth preseason game for the NFL, where players are fighting for jobs.

High school athletes are fighting for starting spots and at least a couple in Spanish Springs’ scrimmage moved up the depth charts.

“It’s tough to get a feel from a scrimmage because we’re trying to get everyone some work,” Hare said. “But I think we found some guys who were second string and now are going to be first string based on the fact that they brought it.”

Sparks was also out of town Saturday, but was the lone local school to face several schools.

The Railroaders scrimmaged at Rite of Passage, but Fernley and Yerington were also there to participate in the four-team scrimmage.

However, it was a rough day for the Maroon and Gold, which was to be expected after instituting a new offense and blocking schemes.

“It was alright. There are definitely some things we need to work on,” veteran Sparks coach Rob Kittrell said. “We saw a lot of different defenses today. It was good competition and we got to see where we’re at.”

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