|Lindeman pleased with final tune-up against 2-time champs|
|Saturday, August 24, 2013 12:15 AM|
By JIM METCALFE
DELPHOS — Two-time defending Division VI State football champion Marion Local Flyers gave Jefferson head football coach Bub Lindeman exactly what he wanted in Friday night’s final pre-season tune-up at Stadium Park.
Though the Flyers won the varsity scrimmage 21-0 (3 touchdowns to none), the Wildcat coach was happy with how his team played.
“They’re a very good team. You know what you’re going to get with Marion Local: a hard-hitting, physical team with a lot of speed,” Lindeman explained. “They have a great quarterback in Adam Bertke and a lot of weapons, especially (6-7) Ryan Bruns. We competed well and that‘s really what I wanted to see.”
Both teams had a series of traditional scrimmage action: 10 plays. The Flyers got a 37-yard touchdown pass from the 6-6 senior Bertke (with Peyton Kramer converting the unrushed point-after), while the Red and White couldn’t score.
When the action became game-situation with a 12-minute clock (2 quarter), Jefferson punted on its first possession and the Flyers drove 50 yards, finishing it with a 9-yard touchdown pass from Bertke to Troy Homan at 6:13. Kramer added the kick.
The Flyers scored next at 2:44 on a 75-yard scoring catch and run from Bertke to Homan. Kramer tacked on the point-after.
Junior cornerback Trevor Dudgeon picked off a Bertke pass on the next Marion possession but the Flyers put on the final tally of the varsity portion of the night’s action — a 13-yard pass from Bertke to Homan. Kramer accounted for the final score.
“What this scrimmage does against an opponent like this is really give you a chance to see your weaknesses,” Lindeman added. “We’ll watch the film (today) and address the things we need to in order to start the season. We did the things well we can control: played with effort and intensity, which we want. Plus, we stayed healthy.”
The Flyers did lose starting center Matt Bertke to an apparent lower leg injury (carried off the field).
The Jefferson junior varsity won two touchdowns to one, getting an 8-yard score from freshman Jace Stockwell to sophomore Grant Wallace; and a 3-yard toss from Stockwell to Aaron Parkins.
Marion’s only JV score was a 14-yard TD toss by Duane Leugers.
Jefferson welcomes in Waynesfield-Goshen 7:30 p.m. Friday to commence the 2013 gridiron campaign.
Marion Local visits Shawnee to open the season Friday (7:30 p.m.).