The Constantine, White Pigeon and Centreville football teams got a chance to measure their progress Thursday with a week to go before the start of the 2013 season. The squads matched up in 40-minutes scrimmage sessions at Centreville.
Constantine squared off against Union City, Buchanan and Centreville, and Falcons head coach Shawn Griffith wasn’t surprised much by what he saw from his team, which is coming off a Division 6 state runner-up campaign.
“It’s a scrimmage. Just from what we saw, I think we pretty much saw what we thought we would,” Griffith said. “Our offense is way ahead of our defense. We’re going to have to work hard on the defensive side of the ball and be a lot better if we want to do the things our kids want to do.
“I think you always feel this way a little bit after a scrimmage because you haven’t really been preparing for the team that you’re playing. We’ve tried to put a few new wrinkles in, but it’s more just making up our mind on some personnel stuff. We’ll be all right.”
A pleasant surprise on the offensive line stood out in Griffith’s mind. The Falcons were without senior Zach Hughes, who had an abscess on his biceps removed this summer and is expected to be ready for the opener next Thursday against Delton-Kellogg, and another player was dinged up during the scrimmage.
Senior tight end Josiah Schrock, who has never lined up at guard, filled in nicely on the left side.
“For being in that situation I thought he did a really nice job for us,” Griffith said.