Foregoing of second scrimmage has hurt teams more than it’s helped

Posted on September 1, 2016 in Newspaper.

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By Samuel Stewart

Envision yourself as a project manager for two new developments. Both developments need to be completed in two years.

You’re given a year to complete the first development and do so efficiently. However, the demand to bring in new homeowners pushes up the deadline. You now have half the time to complete the second development.

How do you think that will work out?

Welcome to the 2016 high school football season.

With the PIAA revamp of the classification system, going from four to six classes and giving teams the option of foregoing a second scrimmage to start the season a week early, the jury was out on whether an abridged camp and loss of scrimmage would cause concern.

The jury is in.

The verdict: Teams need the second scrimmage.

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