Fans came out in droves for the Lakeville South intersquad scrimmage, but the Cougar starters didn’t stay long at the party.
“I know what [the starters] can do.” Head coach Larry Thompson told KCHK after the scrimmage. “I had to find other guys that can play.”
Many of the players expected to be starters when South’s season begins next Friday night against Eagan saw minimal reps at the scrimmage Wednesday. Quarterback Mitch Leidner and wide receivers Matt Heller and Devon Bzoskie played only one series before becoming spectators for the remainder of the evening.
During their short time on the field, South’s offense looked as though they could use the week and a half of practice remaining before their first game. Leidner connected on only a few passes against the first team defense, including a series-capping touchdown on a fade route in the corner of the endzone to Bzoskie.
It was a night for some of the lesser known players to prove themselves and several certainly performed well. Thompson pointed out Chris Moore – who had an impressive one handed touchdown reception and Austin Britnell on offense and Matt Noehring and Kyle Fatturi on defense as players who proved themselves Wednesday night. Senior wide receiver Frank Carlson had three long receptions including two for touchdowns and senior quarterback Jake Miller proved to be a very viable backup to Leidner.
Schematically, South used most of their bread and butter formations on offense. Last season, the Cougars experimented with a lot of shotgun and the spread formation. The play call was relayed to Leidner with hand signals from the offensive coaches. This season, Thompson plans to stay away from the hand signals and use more of their under-center formations. On
Wednesday night, South ran most of their standard packages, although they did put Leinder in the shotgun for a couple of plays.
Next, Lakeville South looks ahead to Saturday morning (8/27) where they will host Owatonna, White Bear Lake, and Champlin Park for a four team scrimmage at South Stadium. Each team is historically tough, and Saturday’s scrimmage is certain to be one of the most competitive assortments of opponents in the state.