Monroe Central’s football team took around two dozen kids to Taylor University Thursday night to compete in several 11-on-11 scrimmages.
Teams took turns in 12 minute segments on offense playing from 40 yards in on two turf fields and one grass field.
Monroe Central opened with Wabash, then also faced North Miami, Peru, and finished with upcoming new season opponent South Adams.
The Bears first offensive play of the night was a 40 yard scoring strike from Logan Patterson to Matt Poole. MC controlled the scrimmage with Wabash and Peru. Against North Miami both teams had their moments and against South Adams it appeared players wanted to flex a little muscle and one-up one another with the regular season match up looming. The last Bears offensive play duplicated the first with Patterson hitting Poole for the score.
There was some decent hitting going on for just shoulder pads and helmets, showing the kids excitement for the new year.
As was the case for most teams there were players missing due to vacations, other activities, health and so on. MC played several people at quarterback and just took a good look at many with the moratorium period ahead.
Coaches were in mid-season form teaching the entire night.
Teams joining the Bears included Heritage Christian, Eastbrook had two teams, Fort Wayne South, Delta, Oak Hill, Muncie Central, Columbia City, Yorktown, Bellmont, Marion, North Miami, Blackford, Peru, Wabash, Eastern, Southwood, Madison-Grant, Jay County, Alexandria, and South Adams.