Flyers, Bobcats pop pads for first time in scrimmage

Aug. 18, 2012 at 3:18 a.m.

Saint Joseph and Bloomington scrimmage on Saturday.

Saint Joseph and Bloomington scrimmage on Saturday.

Locust Street was lined with fans eager to get a glimpse of what the future might hold.

Two weeks before the start of the 2012 varsity football season there was optimism within the St. Joseph and Bloomington camps that both schools would be better than the 1-9 teams that took the field last fall.

Saturday morning, the two programs, with first-year head coaches, played a scrimmage at the O'Connor Athletic Complex in Victoria. St. Joseph scored on a long touchdown pass, but that was it for the scoring in the 90-minute exhibition.

Afterward, Bloomington's new coach, Layne Elkins, told his boys he liked their effort on the field. In the 13 days before the Bobcats open at Woodsboro, they will likely focus on their stamina.

"I think they learned intensity means a lot," Elkins said. "When you play with intensity, you can overcome some of those mistakes that you make.

"Especially, early on for us, we're learning a new defense and a new offense. I think they have learned they need to push themselves a little bit more in conditioning. They are not quite in the shape they need to be in."

St. Joseph plans to spend the next fortnight focusing on the mental approach to football. New coach Kevin Auten said he wants his team to be ready to play from the first snap. However, Auten was pleased his team dictated the tempo toward the end.

"There at the end, in the last series, I felt we picked up the pace a little bit," Auten said. "I felt we got better as we went throughout the day. That's what I was happiest with was that we continued to get better as we played."

At this point in the season, Auten and Elkins said their teams will improve as they get more on-field repetition.

Both teams have scrimmages Thursday, coincidentally against opponents from Jackson County. Bloomington will host Ganado, while the Flyers will visit Edna.



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