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SCC’s Monica not mincing words during early days of fall practice

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  • August 09, 2018 - 11:53am

St. Charles Catholic running back Joe Chiarella secures the football during a running play at the Comets' practice session on Wednesday morning.

 St. Charles Catholic coach Frank Monica was not in a mood to mince words coming off the practice field Wednesday morning.

“We are absolutely pitiful right now,” the longtime coach declared. “We are a bad football team right now. We have no zip, we have no hustle, we don’t know our formations, we don’t know our plays. We are lazy. There is not a superlative I can give my football team right now.”

The effort by the Comets, Monica said, is in stark contrast to when the team went to camp a week ago in Mississippi.

“That went real well but that was in shorts,” Monica pointed out. “We got back here, and we were in (shells) and it magnifies your mistakes. Our practices have progressively gotten worse since we’ve gotten back. Right now, we are not practicing with any energy and no sense of purpose.”

Calling the Comets’ offense a work in progress, Monica said, would be a huge understatement.

“Right now, I don’t know if our offense can get out of the huddle without falling down,” said Monica. “We are lacking energy. We are lacking leadership. All the things that lead to being unproductive, that’s what we’re doing on offense right now.”

The defense is further along than the offense, according to Monica.

“I think our defense has been pretty sound. It looks like, hopefully, we can be sound on defense. We are still trying to find some guys there. We are moving people around to try and find that combination on defense,” the St. Charles coach said.

With St. Charles Catholic’s term starting a week later than most other schools in the area, the Comets have been practicing the morning.

“We are trying to beat the heat and the rain, but I hate the morning practices to be honest. The heat in the afternoon, although it might be hotter, it’s different. We have no indoor facility, so we have no place to go when it rains. We try to beat that and I’m also trying to help the kids out by taking advantage of not having school this week. We are trying to take advantage of a little more film study, but we are on the field for about two to two-and-a-half hours,” Monica said.

The Comets will host University High in a scrimmage slated for 5:30 p.m. August 16. U-High always has been a stern test for SCC but the biggest foe for the Comets, Monica said, might come from looking in the mirror.

“The focus is about SCC. I told (the Comet players) we can’t let SCC beat SCC. That’s what we’re doing right now. We are beating ourselves by turning people loose and not blocking the right guy. There have been misreads and balls on the ground and running the wrong route and stuff like that,” said Monica.

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