NEW BREMEN — With just an hour of practice in this season, the Arcanum football team traveled to New Bremen Tuesday evening for the Trojans’ first seven-on-seven passing scrimmage of the year.
Arcanum started practice Monday, but it was shortened because of storms that rolled through Darke County. Despite the lack of preparation, the Trojans looked strong on Tuesday.
“I was pretty pleased with how our kids played today. They responded to adversity. We made plays,” Arcanum football coach TJ Powers said. “Overall I was real pleased with the effort and how our guys got after it tonight.”
Both teams’ varsity offenses got eight series in Tuesday’s scrimmage. They started 40 yards out from the end zone on each drive and could pick up a first down by passing the 20-yard line.
Arcanum’s varsity recorded five touchdowns on the day while limiting New Bremen to two. The Trojans’ defense also intercepted a pair of Cardinal passes.
After Arcanum’s offense began the scrimmage by failing to score, the Trojan defense stopped New Bremen as Daniel O’Donnell intercepted a pass in the end zone.
On the next Arcanum series, O’Donnell found Kory Baker for a 34-yard touchdown pass. That was followed by New Bremen failing to score on its next drive.
Arcanum’s third drive had O’Donnell finding Joe Henning for a 40-yard touchdown pass. That was followed by O’Donnell intercepting a pass for the second time in the scrimmage to end New Bremen’s next drive.
The Trojan offense continued to click with O’Donnell and Baker connecting for their second touchdown of the night. After that, New Bremen failed to score again.
In the fifth offensive drive of the game, Arcanum recorded its fourth straight touchdown with O’Donnell finding Dalton Lindemuth for a score.
“We’ve got some guys who can go up and get the ball and make some plays,” Powers said. “We’re going to use them. Seven-on-seven, obviously you can’t run; we run a lot, but we’re going to throw a lot more than we did last year. We’re going to try to mix it up more because we have guys that can go up and get the ball, and we have guys who can throw it.”
The next three drives, including two for New Bremen and one for Arcanum, all ended without points.
Arcanum’s seventh drive saw O’Donnell and Baker connecting for the third time for a touchdown.
On New Bremen’s seventh drive, the Cardinals scored for the first time.
Then after holding Arcanum scoreless on the next drive, the Cardinals scored for the second time to end the scrimmage.
“That was the one area where we had a lot of blown coverages,” Powers said of his defense. “But, again I’m not making excuses, but we just haven’t had a lot of practice. Every blown coverage we had was because a guy thought he had something else; I guess that’s the definition of a blown coverage. That doesn’t upset me because that’s something we’ll get.”
In junior varsity action, both Arcanum and New Bremen got four offensive series.
Arcanum’s offense failed to score on its first drive. But then the Trojan defense came through with a Cambell Gostomsky interception.
In the next series, New Bremen intercepted a pass from Arcanum’s Pierce Lindemuth. The Cardinals then followed that up with a touchdown.
The Trojans’ junior varsity got going in its third possession with Pierce Lindemuth connecting with Dylan Filbrun for a touchdown.
After New Bremen failed to score on its next drive, Pierce Lindemuth recorded his second straight touchdown pass with a toss to Jordan Mays.
New Bremen then scored on its final junior varsity drive, giving both squads two touchdowns and an interception.
“The younger guys, what I was really proud of them for, is it was a little rough the first few series because we just haven’t practiced that much, and they picked it up; they picked it up by watching and then getting some reps,” Powers said.
With a lack of practice heading into the first seven-on-seven of the season, Powers credited his players for being dedicated and having player-led workouts during the offseason.
“We’ve had player-led workouts. Our guys have been real dedicated and serious this summer and really the whole offseason,” Powers said. “That made tonight possible to be honest with you.”