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Wykon gridders bring up intensity as season nears PDF Print E-mail
Written by Peter Nocerini   
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 1:08 PM

With coaches watching closely in back, West Iron blockers open a hole for one of their backs during the scrimmage with Forest Park at Nelson Field Aug. 17.
IRON RIVER—Time will tell, of course, but West Iron’s football team looked ready for the new season during its scrimmage at Nelson Field Aug. 17.
 The Wykons crashed pads with Forest Park and Florence for about two hours. This Saturday, Aug. 25, it’s all for keeps, when the Wykons battle Pittsford at St. Ignace.
 “We had a lot of positives,” Coach Mike Berutti said afterwards. “The best part is going live, getting the intensity up, we find a lot of things we need to work on for next week.

 “Some big mistakes, yes, but they can be corrected.”
 The plan: In the scrimmage, each team faced the other for about 10 plays from the defense 40. No kickoffs, no downs or yards to go. No numbers, either—WIC and FP wore practice shirts.
 How it went: Florence went at the Wykon offense first. The Bobcats had a 10-yard quick burst up the middle near the end but didn’t get inside the 10.
 Then, West Iron at Florence. A struggle or two at the start, but then a 24-yard run around left end for a TD, and WIC got two other scores on a 15-yard run through the right cut to the middle and a 10-yard run around right end.
 Next, West Iron at Forest Park. Four plays got WIC to the 23, where they scored on a reverse around the left side. The Wykons mostly stayed with short runs after that and got sacked once.
 Finally, Forest Park at the Wykons. The Trojans ran a fake and run around the left side for 25 yards to the 15. The teams acted like it was first and goal: FP’s “fourth down” pass to the pylon hit the ground under a diving receiver. West Iron also forced two fumbles, and pass rushers stuffed a pass.
 D gets an A: “I think defensively, we played really well,” said Berutti. “We had a lot of big hits, forced some fumbles, got to the ball.”
 The Wykons faced offensive sets they normally don’t see, especially from Florence.
 “We want to see if our kids line up properly, and if they get some, that’s fine.’
 On offense: The coach’s main comment is that the offense was a little slow, especially early. “That’s something we can get better at and keep working on.”
 Both teams used defenses the Wykons hadn’t practiced against. “With a new guard and center, the Wykons struggled at times. “But we’ll be fine once we practice that.”
 It wasn’t plain vanilla, but the Wykons used mostly very basic sets and plays.
 Coming up: The season opener with Pittsford is this Saturday, Aug. 25, at St. Ignace: JVs at 12:30 Central Time, varsity kickoff at 3:30. On Aug 30—the Wykons visit L’Anse.


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