ARCANUM — Ansonia and Arcanum completed their seven-on-seven passing scrimmages Thursday as the Trojans hosted a six-team event with the two Darke County schools plus Brookville, Lehman Catholic, New Bremen and Union City, Indiana.
It was the third seven-on-seven of the season for host Arcanum and not a real good day for the Trojans.
“Unfortunately I think out of our three seven-on-sevens, this was the worst one that we played today,” Arcanum football coach TJ Powers said. “We didn’t come out real sharp and crisp today. I don’t know what it was.”
The Trojans seemed to lack focus and didn’t bounce back from adversity quickly, Powers said.
“Started out pretty rough and didn’t have our best day today,” he said. “Not making excuses but I know we’re better than we played today.”
While it wasn’t the best day for Arcanum, the team did play better toward the end of the scrimmage against Union City, Powers said.
“However, at the end, I was pleased with how we responded our last game against Union City,” he said. “We played pretty well there. We ended on a positive.”
Thursday’s seven-on-seven was the only one Ansonia participated in this year. Coach Eugene Hoening was pleased with his team’s effort on Thursday.
“They’re very coachable,” Hoening said. “As you saw out here, they’re hustling every play. They do everything all out, and that’s all you can ask.”
For Ansonia, which runs a run-oriented offense, the passing scrimmages fall outside the Tigers’ normal offensive scheme. However, they were able to work on some aspects of their playbook.
“We were running our basic play-action pass plays the whole time, so we repped those to death,” Hoening said. “We’re getting comfortable with what we do when it comes to game time as opposed to trying to put in some kind of seven-on-seven offense.”
The Tiger defense got its first extended action of the year on Thursday as Ansonia hadn’t focused much on defense prior to Thursday, Hoening said.
“I thought they played great,” he said. “We have played no defense this year. We took maybe 20 minutes of one practice to line people up so this is the first defense we’ve done.”
While there was some disappointment for Arcanum in Thursday’s performance, Powers said, camp has been going well for the Trojans as the team quickly picks up the offensive and defensive systems and has shown a good attitude.
“We’re progressing real well, but we’ve still got a long ways to go,” he said.
With seven-on-sevens done for the year, the focus now turns to the complete team and getting ready for the fast-approaching season.
“We talked about the fact that it’s real football now,” Powers said. “Seven-on-sevens are over so now the real football really starts.”