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NTL FOOTBALL: SAYRE'S GORMAN PLEASED WITH 'SKINS FIRST LIVE ACTION AT CANTON (13 PHOTOS) (2020-09-05)

Valley Sports Report
CANTON — Sayre coach Kevin Gorman was pleased with what he saw from his “new guys” and experienced veterans alike during the Redskins’ scrimmage against Canton here Saturday morning.

“For the first live action, I thought it went really well,” Gorman said.

“Canton is very well-coached, and they do what they do very well, which is blitz you non-stop, and execute their offense very well,” he noted. “We went over what we’d see from Canton for about 10 minutes on Thursday.

“I told the guys, ‘you can’t win a scrimmage. We’re not going to game-plan a scrimmage, let’s just go out there and play,’” added Gorman. “If this was a game, it would have been a little bit of a different game plan, but I just wanted to come out and run our base stuff and see what we could do.”

Gorman said a few things stood out to him from the scrimmage.

“I thought some of the new guys who are taking the place of the guys we lost to graduation did a good job, and I thought all our (offensive) backs played well,” said Gorman. “We had some good execution, going against a team that blitzes left and right.

“Defensively, I thought our defensive linemen who played last year — Glenn Romberger, Zach Bellis, Jordan Goodrich, and Cayden Firestine — pushed people around,” he added.

Canton coach Tyler Sechrist was glad to be back on the field.

“It was great to get on the field for a scrimmage today,” he said. “It almost felt normal and it was nice to forget about the rest of the world for two hours and play football.”

Sechrist was also pleased with his team’s performance.

“The team looked great for where we are in the season. They have been working hard and their preparation showed on the field today.

“We found out today that our younger players are ready to play and they showed up big time,” noted Securest.

One big question mark for the Warriors is the status of senior Timmy Ward, who injured his knee early in the scrimmage.

“Timmy getting injured early in the scrimmage was disappointing, after all that he has been through,” said Sechrist. “We are praying for encouraging news out of his doctor's appointment Tuesday.”

Gorman was also crestfallen by Ward’s injury.

“It was definitely tough to see. He went through 10 plays on defense without a problem, and on the first play on offense he goes down.

“You feel for him,” said Gorman. “He goes through his battle with cancer, and fights his way back, and now this. People have watched his journey and are rooting for him.

“Everyone was excited to see what he could this year … I was excited to see what he could do.

“Hopefully, it’s not anything too major — just a sprain or a hyperextension, where he can back on the field soon rather than later,” added Gorman.

Sayre opens the 2020 season Friday at Athens in the Rusty Rail Game, while Canton travels to arch-rival Troy for the Old Shoe Game.

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF JOSEPH CARREON.

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