GREENFIELD — Friday night served as dress rehearsals for Greenfield-Central and Eastern Hancock.
Coaches are still preaching what’s known in athletic circles as The Process, the procedure of team-developing that must transpire in order for success to occur once the reps start to truly mean something.
For the Cougars and Royals, it starts mattering a week from Friday night.
The floodlights that tower over the gridiron shine a little brighter, the encouragement and catcalls from the stands are shouted a little louder, and the body blows register harder than they do in practice.
But, Friday night the teenagers dotting the field had to settle for a scrimmage, and G-C welcomed Tri-West to Clayton Myers Field.
There were three segments for the varsity squads. Each team got 15 plays or 15 minutes starting from their own 35-yard-line, followed by 10 plays or 10 minutes from the opponent’s 10 and followed that up with 12 plays or 12 minutes from the opponent’s 35. The reserve teams received two sessions of eight plays or eight minutes — one from their own 35, the other at a yard line of their choice.
The Cougars (4-7 in 2012) held their own against the Bruins, a 3A school roughly 30 miles northwest of Indianapolis. Tri-West finished 8-3 last year, its best mark in seven seasons.
The Bruins didn’t accumulate consistent drives against the G-C defense, but broke multiple big plays that resulted in touchdowns.
Offensively, the hosts were a bit inconsistent, though execution improved after the unit’s first series.
Sophomore Jeremiah Fields took the first-string reps at quarterback, and his play improved as the night wore on as the blue-and-gold operated in a no-huddle scheme.
“It felt good,” senior lineman Tyler Beeson said. “We weren’t quite as physical as we should’ve been, but hey, it was nice to play some football.”
For junior Cameron Nuckols, the opportunity to square off against someone that wasn’t dressed in a blue and gold jersey was welcomed.