The first fall scrimmage is always an unknown. As good as it looks at practice, you never know if that will translate to game day. Sometimes teams struggle with execution, connecting the field, playing at “game speed” or toughness in an opening scrimmage. With such a large group of freshmen there was even more of a chance that we’d come out and look scared or disorganized. Despite all that, I am happy to report that on Friday the Bears came ready to play against Stanford!
The game was fast, end-to-end and there were a number of scoring opportunities for both teams. No it wasn’t perfect and there is still much to work on before our next play day, but I was incredibly pleased with how we played. We played with intensity and toughness and it was evident that all the “Fun with Fundamentals” at practice has been working. Our footwork looked cleaner, our stick work was sharper and all that translated into confidence.
The confidence we played with was probably the most notable thing I recognized. While I’m sure some of our younger players were nervous about getting their first taste of collegiate competition, they did a great job of hiding those fears and looking unphased under pressure. Our older kids showed great leadership and poise down the stretch. We saw many players step up into new roles and everyone had a chance to make plays. It was a fun game and neat to see how this new mix of players is coming together.
This week we get back to work! Until next week…Go BEARS!