By JAMES TUBB on September 14, 2021.
Much to the dismay of NBA legend Allen Iverson, the McCoy football team was focused on practice this weekend.
The Colts were in Edmonton Saturday where they participated in a controlled scrimmage with O’Leary High School. O’Leary’s season doesn’t start for a few more weeks, so the practice game allowed them a chance to gear up for the campaign while giving the Colts an opportunity to learn and stay fresh at game speed.
“You can practice and practice but until you’re into that game situation, the speeds different, the intensity is different, it’s really good for building our organization and building our team,” Colts coach Darrell Grass said.
The scrimmage allowed for coaches to be on the field alongside players and refs as the two teams played from just the 30-yard line to the end zone. Grass says this allowed for coaches on both teams to immediately correct any mistakes at game speed instead of waiting for video sessions after games.
“You could sit and talk to a player… all the little subtleties that happen in a game where you can’t really adjust when a game is going on… it was great the kids loved it.”
The Colts will try to build off the lessons and experience gained over the weekend when they face the Hat High Hawks on Friday night.
“It’s gonna be a tough one, we’ve got lots of prep to do,” said Grass. “We can see progression and that’s what we always try to do – play a little better next week than the week before.”
Kickoff Friday is at 7 p.m. at the Methanex Bowl.