LAKE PLACID — New Lake Placid football coach Jason Robinson was looking forward to watching his players perform under game conditions in Friday’s Green/White scrimmage at Roger Scarorough Memorial Field on Friday. The weather had a few ideas of its own, and the scrimmage was called early due to lightning.
“I was hoping to get in a few more reps,” Robinson said.
Still, the Green Dragons were able to run enough plays for Robinson to come away with a favorable impression of what he saw on the field and how far the team has moved forward since he arrived in July to take over the head coaching position.
“There were no holding penalties,” he said. “Their hands were in the right place, they’ve been coachable.”
Robinson, who spent the past three seasons at Lake Weir in Ocala and was previously at Jacksonville Mandarin, said there were also a few of the expected preseason mishaps and those were things that had to be corrected.
“There was one bad snap, a couple of bad exchanges in the backfield and we’re still working on that,” he said. “We can’t do that if we’re going to win. For us to be able to compete we’re going to have to take care of the football, take our chances when they present themselves and play sound defense, so that’s what we’re working on.”
The players were also a bit eager to get on the field and do something different than they have in practice the past few weeks.
“They’re sick of hitting each other so tonight was the closest thing they’ve seen to a game,” Robinson said. “The refs being out there was nice, it gives the presence of a real game. The speed was a lot faster, we’ve been working on tempo this week on offense, getting in and out of the huddle and trying to go fast, so it’s getting there.
“We went no-huddle a couple of times and we were able to execute. Not flawlessly, but we were able to line-up, execute and not take a penalty.”
The lone touchdown in the scrimmage came when quarterback Foster Walker raced around the left end and broke a few tackles on his way to a 72-yard touchdown run. Carlos Santana also booted a 35-yard field goal just before the players left the field.
Robinson said having players such as Walker being able to stay healthy was going to be key for the Green Dragons.
“We have some weapons, a little bit of size, but we’re not deep,” he said. “If we absorb injuries it could get interesting. If we can stay healthy we should be OK and we’ll make some noise, I think.”
The Green Dragons have their Kickoff Classic at Okeechobee on Friday and Robinson said a strong effort will definitely be a big boost for the team.
“If we go down to Okeechobee and represent ourselves well, we don’t have to win, but if we represent ourselves well and build some confidence, come home and take care of Celebration, look out,” he said. “If you get young guys who don’t know any different and they start believing they’re invincible, good things can happen.”