CELINA — Aaron Shaffer saw the Greenville football team as having a run-oriented offense, but after Friday’s seven-on-seven passing scrimmage at Celina the Green Wave coach left feeling more confident in his team’s passing.
Greenville traveled to Celina Friday to scrimmage against Bryan, Celina, Crestview and Fort Loramie — a group that includes three 2013 Ohio High School Athletic Association playoff teams in Bryan, Crestview and Fort Loramie. Score was kept in each scrimmage with the Green Wave ending the day undefeated with a 4-0 record.
“Sometimes there’s things that go on during seven-on-seven that aren’t going to be able to happen on a Friday night,” Shaffer said. “But the way the kids played today, very proud of where they’ve come through this early part of summer.”
Friday was the 10th out of 10 allotted camp days for Greenville prior to the first day of coaching on Aug. 1. Shaffer said he’s very pleased with where the Green Wave are at the end of camp.
“That’s kind of the key to our team right now is the experience,” he said. “This is the third year in the system. The kids understand what we want. They understand the concepts. They know what’s coming out of the coaches’ mouths most of the time before the coach says it. That shows where we’ve come in the two, three years we’ve been here.”
Experience has been key to the Greenville passing game with quarterback Clay Guillozet returning for his third season as the team’s starter. The Wave also return their leading receiver from last year in Allen Tabler.
“The maturity level of our passing game is really paying benefits this summer with Clay coming back, turns out to be a three-year starter,” Shaffer said. “You’ve got Allen Tabler and Zach Phillips out on the edge, played all last year out at receiver. One of the guys that’s been a nice surprise here this summer has been Aaron Rich; he’s just a sophomore, he’s still got some growing pains, but he’s catching the ball well, and we’re really pleased with where he’s at.”
With the success of the passing, that facet of the offense could be more prevalent this season for the Green Wave.
“We see ourselves as more a run team than a pass team, but the way we threw the ball today, we look to be 50-50,” Shaffer said.
Shaffer also was pleased with his team’s defensive play and the communication among the defensive players.
“I thought the defense played really well,” he said. “We ended pretty strong there against Crestview. We had a couple picks today, and that’s always exciting to see.”
While he didn’t get to spend a lot of time watching the junior varsity as he was coaching the varsity players, Shaffer said, the younger players have come a long way this summer.
“Today you could see that the light bulb’s starting to turn on,” he said. “For some of them it might still be flickering a little, but it’s starting to come on.”