LAKEVIEW — The first scrimmage of the football season took place for Lakeview and Montabella on Friday, giving the coaches a gauge as to where their teams are at before the games count.
The Wildcats invited the Mustangs, Saranac and Vermontville Maple Valley to a scrimmage at Kos Field as the teams get ready for their season openers Aug. 24.
Lakeview and Montabella started out scrimmaging each other. Then the teams rotated and went up against each other.
There were some good things Lakeview coach Guenther Mittelstaedt saw from his team and some things to work on.
“I think we were a lot more physical than we were last year,” Mittelstaedt said. “I thought we moved the ball very well. Defensively we had some long gainers and some breakdowns on some plays, but overall I was pleased with the effort.”
Montabella coach David Clay saw a lot of mistakes by his Mustangs.
“I think we showed we’re young,” Clay said. “We have a lot to work on. We have a lot of fine-tuning technique to work on. We got better as the scrimmage went on.”
Mittelstaedt really liked the defensive tackling.
“I thought we tried to swarm to the ball, where many people were trying to get in on the tackle,” he said. “We had some nice blocking on some of the things we did.”
Clay had some a few of his players get injured, and he learned some things about his team with that.
“One of the things was we had some guys that suffered some injuries and we had to shuffle some guys in some positions, and we seen guys in different positions who did pretty well even though they didn’t have a lot of reps at that position. When you have lower numbers in a smaller school like we are, that’s an asset to have.”
Clay said his team “has a lot of work to do before next week.”
“I think we’re going to go back over the film, identify some of the things we were weak on and work on them.”
Mittelstaedt was going to do the same thing, but look at the film of his first opponent, Morley Stanwood.
“We have to look at some film on Morley,” he said. “We know Morley has been 31-4 in the last four years and they have quite a program. We have to see if we can get everything together and have a good game against Morley.”
Montabella will open at Saugatuck next week.