The Huntington varsity football team looked sharp during a four-way scrimmage early Saturday morning at the town’s Veterans Park complex in East Northport.
The Blue Devils took to the field for offensive and defensive scrimmage sessions against John H. Glenn, Walt Whitman and Northport. The action played out on side-by-side turf fields.
Huntington head coach Steve Muller installed a new offense for the coming season and players have been busy learning the intricacies of the system. The opening weeks of pre-season have gone well as coaches feel the players are working hard and forming a strong bond with each other.
Quarterback John Paci looked sharp on Saturday, throwing many tight spirals to his corps of receivers. Running backs looked quick and showed well-coordinated footwork. Players are still working on their timing and on nailing down their respective assignments on each play.
The Blue Devils came up with several big plays over the course of the morning. Huntington plans to rely on its speed and on Paci’s powerful arm. The junior is entering the season much more confident and physically stronger. He repeatedly put the ball into the hands of his receivers, who ran a variety of short and long patterns.
Coaches were on the field during the scrimmage, teaching players following each play. Mistakes were quickly identified and addressed. Many players are still learning new positions on both sides of the ball.
“Overall, it was a very positive morning,” Muller said. “We liked what we saw. We’ll go back now and work on some things that we picked up. We want to improve every day.”
Huntington will host Harborfields in another scrimmage on Friday at 4:15 p.m. The Blue Devils open the regular season the following Saturday (September 9) at home against North Babylon at 3 p.m.