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Scrimmage Saturday at Canisius

For the first time in the two weeks since they’ve put on their helmets, high school football players finally got to line up and hit someone other than their teammate. Teams from all over WNY came together and hopefully got better Saturday. Canisius, Williamsville South, South Park and Hutch Tech met at the Stansky Complex in West Seneca to do just that.

Canisius Crusaders

The hosts and defending Catholic state champs did as expected Saturday. QB Jayce Johnson led the Crusaders’ offense up and down the field. WR John Minogue caught a few passes and did well in the slot. The defense was strong only giving up a few scores.

Head coach Rich Robbins was pleased with how his team played, but needs to see more from them before Friday night.

“We stayed healthy,” Robbins said. “I thought we executed pretty well. Now we need to turn our speed and intensity up and be more physical in order to face a team like Pittsford.”

South Park Sparks

The Sparks’ defense was strong right from the start, but the offense had trouble executing until the very end. South Park has not had continuity on the offensive line for the first few weeks of the preseason, it showed on Saturday. QB Dabeyon Humphrey had a strong first showing playing against varsity competition.

It was right about what head coach Tim Delaney expected.

“It was kind of what we thought was going to happen coming in,” Delaney said. “We weren’t really sure what our offensive line was going to look like. Defensively we were great from the beginning. We have some work to do this week.”

Williamsville South Billies

The Billies had the tall task of opening up against Canisius. After struggling with the Crusaders, Will South had strong showings against both South Park and Hutch Tech. QB Josh Foster got into a rhythm as the day went on.

Overall, head coach Kraig Kurzanski thought his entire team played well.

“It was our first real bullets,” Kurzanski said. “I thought our guys hung in there against Canisius and then got better against South Park and Hutch Tech. All 23 guys stood out today.”

Hutch Tech Engineers

Hutch Tech was the biggest school of all four teams, but they knew they had some strong competition. The offense showed their youth throughout but seemed to get better with more snaps under their belt. The defense had a good showing, even playing the Crusaders tough. TE/DL Otis Houston stood out making serval tackles for a loss of yardage.

Assistant coach Nick Todaro knows his team has a lot of work to do but was proud of the way the Engineers fought.

“We got into this scrimmage for a reason, we wanted to see if we can compete against the best,” Todaro said. “We had our struggles, but we also had some positives. We have a lot of young guys and we wanted to throw them in the fire. We were happy with the way we came out.”

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