GALION — Day 3 of summer time camp for the Galion Excessive Faculty soccer program noticed the Tigers sq. off towards Lexington in a 7-on-7 scrimmage on Wednesday morning at Unckrich Stadium.
Tigers head coach Matt Dick mentioned he and his workers used the scrimmage to gauge the aggressive hearth of the crew quite than ability degree so early in the summertime exercise marketing campaign.
“I instructed our children how we compete issues,” Dick mentioned. “I don’t care in the event that they drop the ball, run the fallacious route, no matter, however there’s a proper method to do it and a fallacious method to do it. If you happen to drop the ball, what’s your response — put your head down or maintain combating? They competed nicely and that’s the response that I wished. I believed our children did a great job with their physique language. That’s the stuff that actually issues proper now.
“Offense and protection will come collectively. We’ve acquired a number of good wanting athletes. We’re nonetheless on the lookout for a quarterback.”
Dick is in search of a substitute for dual-threat quarterback Wilson Frankhouse who handed for 1,266 yards and 17 touchdowns and rushed for 646 yards and 6 scores throughout his senior season in 2020. As a junior, he handed for two,920 yards and 34 touchdowns and rushed for 747 yards and eight touchdowns.
The coach mentioned seniors Hanif Donaldson and Sam Wegesin are battling to change into the Tigers No. 1 quarterback in 2021.
“I believed Sam and Hanif each did a great job at this time,” Dick mentioned after Wednesday’s 7-on-7 scrimmage. “They’re battling it out.”
Dick mentioned the Tigers offensive line returns a bunch of proficient athletes and will likely be deeper with the addition of some new faces this season. That would dictate a shift in philosophy.
“I believe with our offensive line — we’ve acquired a whole lot of depth at O-line — it appears like a smash-mouth offensive line,” he mentioned. “We’ve been this 5 vast (receivers) crew, however I believe if you happen to take a look at our personnel, it matches extra with operating the ball. Guys like Hanif and Sam can run the ball arduous, in order that’s going to be a giant a part of our offense. For each of them throwing the ball, they simply have to throw on time. We’re making an attempt to get them to learn the defender and throw on time.
“They’re going to see some nice movie the place guys are vast open, however they waited two seconds to throw it to them and it will get batted down by the (defensive backs). We’re going to repair that,” he added. “However for the primary trip, I used to be actually completely satisfied and the youngsters had been nice. I believed Lexington gave us good competitors. It was a pleasant little 7-on-7.”
Dick famous that Clayton Yost, Caden Roberts, Mitchell Younger, Holden Hunter, Alex Griffith, Justin Lester, and Landon Kurtzman will assist anchor the offensive line this season.
“These guys look nice,” Dick mentioned. “They’ve been lifting arduous for us this summer time. We’re enthusiastic about what they will do. It doesn’t matter who’s taking part in operating again or quarterback, operating behind them must be a enjoyable factor to do that yr.”
Dick mentioned practically your entire defensive backfield from 2020 is again for the 2021 marketing campaign. He mentioned he likes what he sees creating at linebacker, too.
“We’ve acquired some good issues going,” Dick mentioned. “We’re nonetheless making an attempt to get the defensive position going, however that’s often the very last thing we construct on protection. I’m enthusiastic about the place we’re at. We cranked it up this week after which we’ll again it down for (the Independence Day vacation) after which we’ll crank it up once more.”
Galion will play a 7-on-7 scrimmage on Tuesday, July 13 at Centerburg and has one other residence 7-on-7 set for Thursday, July 15 towards Fredericktown. The sport towards the Freddies is scheduled for six p.m. at Unckrich Stadium.
The ultimate 7-on-7 scrimmage is scheduled for Tuesday, July 20 at North Canton Hoover. The Tigers may even go to the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame in Canton throughout that journey.
Galion Tigers Soccer 2021
Friday, Aug. 20 at Elgin, 7 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 27 vs. Carey, 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 3 vs. Higher Sandusky, 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 10 vs. River Valley (MOAC), 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 17 at Marion Harding (MOAC), 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 24 vs. Clear Fork (MOAC), 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 1 at Shelby (MOAC), 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 8 at Ontario (MOAC), 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 15 vs. Lima Central Catholic, 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 22 at Nice (MOAC), 7 p.m.
Galion head coach Matt Dick, proper, watches as senior Hanif Donaldson runs a play throughout the 7-on-7 scrimmage towards Lexington on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, at Unckrich Stadium. Dick mentioned Donaldson and fellow senior Sam Wegesin are vying for the Tigers beginning quarterback in 2021.
Galion soccer gamers huddle up previous to operating a play throughout the 7-on-7 scrimmage towards Lexington on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, at Unckrich Stadium. The Tigers open the 2021 season Friday, Aug. 20 at Elgin.
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