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IAC FOOTBALL: WAVERLY SCRIMMAGES AT O-M / WATKINS GLEN (20 PHOTOS) (2021-03-14)

By TIM BIRNEY
Valley Sports Report
WATKINS GLEN "” Longtime Waverly coach Jason Miller started the preseason with a young team, and not a great deal of time to prepare for Friday's season-opener against Tioga.

The Wolverines were busy this weekend, scrimmaging against Binghamton Friday, and here against O-M / Watkins Glen Sunday afternoon.

"We need the work," laughed Miller.

"We've had a good weekend, and played a lot of football in the last week.

"We've got a lot of work to do, but we wanted to create an intense situation - a game-type of situation, and I thought our kids responded pretty good," said Miller.

"For the limited time we've had, the circumstances, the condition, and everything else ... there are a lot of things I'm going to be unhappy about, but there a lot of things I'm going to be happy about," he added.

Each varsity team had two sets of 10 downs on offense. Waverly scored in its second possession against the Seneca Indians defense, while O-M / WG offense scored on both of its possessions agains the Wolverine defense

"We haven't had a lot of inside contact like this," said Miller. "(O-M / WG) has some stout kids in there, and some pretty good players ... and they did a pretty good job.

"We have not practiced one bit against an odd-stack like that, or that type of offense with the wide alignments," added Miller.  "And, when we put some of the young guys in it wasn't as good as it should be."

Strong gusting winds that made the 33-degree temperatures made it feel like 18 degrees also had an impact.

"Obviously the conditions were not conducive for throwing the ball, and that's what we like to do," said Miller.

After the junior varsity portion of the scrimmage, the two teams had two possessions in a "live" scrimmage.

Waverly put together a pair of time-consuming scoring drives, while the Wolverine defense forced a pair of turnovers on downs without allowing a first down.

"We played much better in the live situation," said Miller.

"We ran the ball pretty effectively ... methodically," noted Miller. "We didn't pick up big chunks of yards, but we were getting four or five yards a crack, and that's OK - that's what we want to do.

"We have young linemen. This is the first time they've really been in this mix. They did a decent job.

"And, I'm pretty happy with certain kids on defense who performed well," he added.

Waverly opens the truncated 2021 season Friday when it hosts Tioga. Game time is 6 p.m.

"We have a huge week ahead of us," said Miller. "We are going to do everything we possibly can to prepare for Friday."

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IN PHOTO 1: Waverly senior David Hallett. ... PHOTOS BY TIM BIRNEY.

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