Outside a stadium featuring two teams that combined for a grand total of two wins in 2009, cars lined the road, stretching from the overflowing parking lot all the way down to the stop sign at the intersection.
Inside the stadium, where the humidity was a thick as the nacho cheese in the concession stand, it was the team that didn’t account for either of those 2009 wins which came away the happiest.
Under first-year coach Daryl Hamby, Weaver emerged a 14-6 winner over Pleasant Valley.
“I hope it will,” Hamby said of the victory motivating his team. “They got to learn how to win, what it takes to win, what it takes in practice to win.
“That’s what we’re trying to teach them about preparation. You just can’t come out and think you’re going to beat somebody. When those lights come on, everybody on that field wants to win badly. It’s the ones that have paid the price in practice that are going to win.”
While Hamby did get his first win as a coach, it won’t count toward his career record. This game, like countless others across the state, was for nothing more than preparation for next week, when it really matters.
Pleasant Valley coach Jeff Davis said there were things he liked and things he didn’t about the modified-scrimmage format. He played his starters for the first half and two drives of the second half.
The Raiders managed two field goals and a long touchdown run, but that play was called back on a penalty.
“We just wanted nobody to get hurt and run our base offense and see what we need to improve on,” Davis said. “The field conditions were sloppy, but I just wanted to see if we were going to be able to run the option. If we’re going to win, we’re going to have to be able to run it.”
Down the road at Woodland, the
Bobcats knew what they were going to do, and knew they could do it. Their purpose was seeing how well it all came together.
The Bobcats emerged a 30-14 winner over White Plains, led by highly touted quarterback Trey Fetner.
Fetner went 13 of 20 passing for 155 yards passing and two touchdowns in the first half. Woodland ran out to a 30-0 lead before allowing the first White Plains touchdowns.
“I’ve got several question marks,” Woodland head coach Larry Strain said. “It’s more so in my 2s than in my 1s.
“We answered some of those questions tonight.”