WHEATON – St. Charles North football coach Rob Pomazak was able to take solace in his team’s competitiveness, although the team’s execution lacked at times, during Thursday’s pool play of the Red Grange 7-on-7 at Wheaton Warrenville South.
The North Stars were 2-3 on the day, with each contest’s margin of victory being eight points or less. With the scoring of the 7-on-7, teams get the traditional six points for a touchdown and can elect to go for one or two on the ensuing conversion. Defenses are awarded two points for a turnover on downs and three for interceptions.
“We wanted to come in and run our scheme well and I’m extremely proud of what our kids did today,” Pomazak said. “We’re better today than we were before.”
While North competed to stay in games, the team wasn’t able to make the clinching plays to earn victories. The North offense turned the ball over on downs when trailing by six late in the game to Maine South, leading to a 13-5 loss.
In the final scrimmage of the day, it was North’s defense that broke down, leading to another loss. On the final play of the game against Oswego East, with North trailing by two points, the Wolves completed a pass for a first down and avoided turning the ball over on downs and tying the game.
North’s offense sputtered most of the day, as its 58 points scored was second-lowest in the eight-team pool.
Week 1 of the 2014 still is two months away, but Pomazak is using these 7-on-7s to create a sense of competition within the team. The second-year head coach said he was going “two or three deep” at most positions, but was quick to say no positions were decided – including a two-man race at quarterback between senior Nathan Didier and junior Kyle Novotney.
“Our guys know that it’s competitive. You’ve got to compete to play,” Pomazak said. “That’s the kind of atmosphere that we set for them. That’s nothing negative, that’s just the way we have it. We want them at their very best.”
North finished sixth in Pool A and will take on Downer's Grove South on Friday.
Batavia building: Life without Micah Coffey under center began Thursday for the Batavia football team.
The reigning Kane County Chronicle Male Athlete of the Year graduated in May, leaving a void at the quarterback position for the defending 6A state champions.
The Bulldogs were 1-4 in Red Grange pool play at Naperville North, although the Bulldogs were more competitive than their record indicated. Batavia lost by just two points to undefeated Lincoln-Way East.
Batavia surrendered 19 points to Naperville North in a 19-5 loss, which was almost half of Huskies’ 46 total points on the day.
Its 1-4 record puts Batavia near the bottom of the seeding going into Friday’s double-elimination tournament.
The Bulldogs will open against Barrington Friday morning, who led Pool D with a 4-1 record.