Riverside Academy held an intra-squad game to close out spring practice on Friday, but the entirety of the Rebels’ 10 days of work was more important than any one game, regardless of whether it was against an opponent or not.
“I am extremely impressed with our spring, Rebels coach Kevin Dizer said. “Our spring practices have exceeded my expectations 10 times 10. We still have a long way to go. I don’t think we’re ready to beat anybody, yet. But, I can see the recipe.
“It was just good to get a lot of negativity and issues cleaned up. Right now, all we have to do is coach football. We don’t have to worry about any of that other stuff. Once you get your program in that spot, that’s really to the point where you coach and not worry about football and all the other issues.”
An intra-squad scrimmage, Dizer said, fit the Rebels’ current circumstances better than facing an opponent.
“I really would have loved to have seen our team compete against somebody else but as a head coach, I just like to be able to control that scrimmage and you can never get yourself in a bind with injuries and things like that when you,” said Dizer. “When enough is enough, you can blow it up. If you need to go longer, you can go longer. When you go against another team, you don’t get to quite control those things.”
The second-year coach said that for the most part, he liked what he saw from Friday’s scrimmage.
“The positive thing was we scored a couple of times early-on offensively and the defense didn’t fold. There was one drive we were driving the football, guy steps us and hits the running back and forced a fumble for a turnover,” Dizer said.
However, there are some things the Rebels need to work on, according to Dizer.
“I would like to have seen us run the ball a little bit better but our passing game was really good to compensate for that,” the Rebels coach said. “I’d like to see us be more balanced and be able to run it when we want to run it. The run game wasn’t great, but we threw it really well.
“On the defensive side of the ball, it’s kind of the opposite. We played good run defense but didn’t play good pass defense.”
The format Friday pitted the first-team offense against the first-team defense. A total of 30 plays were run in the main portion of the scrimmage, starting at the 30-yard line. The offense had a set of eight plays to finish a drive. If the offense stalled by fourth down, the ball reverted back to the 30 for a new series of downs.
After that, there was a bit of experimentation.
“We kind of flipped some kids. We some someone like Ahmonte Watkins and put him on defense. I took a couple of kids and flipped them from each side of the ball and we did a couple of series like that. After that, we our young kids in for a few plays,” Dizer explained.