Progress con­tin­ues for Lo­rain, Amherst

Comets’ quar­ter­back com­pe­ti­tion to be set­tled on Aug. 13

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - FRONT PAGE - By Fuad Shal­hout FShal­hout@Morn­ingJour­ @shal­houtf on Twit­ter

Lo­rain and Amherst went through an­other trial test on Aug. 11, com­pet­ing in a scrim­mage at Ge­orge Daniel Field, and both styles con­trasted.

The Ti­tans showed off their big-play prow­ess — no­tably con­nect­ing with wide re­ceiver Tyshawn Lighty on post pat­terns for chunk plays down the field. Start­ing quar­ter­back Jor­dan Jack­son, a 6-foot-3 ju­nior, showed a strong reper­toire with Lighty — and it’s a glimpse of what Lo­rain fans can ex­pect in 2018.

Lighty also re­turned an in­ter­cep­tion for a touch­down, dis­play­ing his ball-hawk abil­ity.

“We’ve got dudes who can make plays,” Lo­rain coach Dave McFar­land said. “Hope­fully they’ll con­tinue to do it and they’ve done it for two years now. Jor­dan Jack­son looked good to­day. Our cen­ter had trou­ble early in the scrim­mage. We couldn’t get a snap back. But we’ll fix that. That’s not an un­fix­able thing.

“We’ve got to find a way to put the ball in the hands of our play­mak­ers. And you’ve got to find an of­fen­sive line that wants to be phys­i­cal. We’re fine. Each day and each week we get a lit­tle bit bet­ter.”

How­ever, Amherst was the more phys­i­cal team, and run­ning back Khennedy Scagliozzo had a few runs pound­ing Ti­tans de­fend­ers. The Comets’ line on both sides looked firm, and it’s what Amherst needs to build on a 6-4 record last sea­son.

“Our goal is to fin­ish more games this year,” Scagliozzo said. “We usu­ally have a prob­lem fin­ish­ing games and this year if we’re in the game, we just have to fin­ish them. Hope­fully we get a bet­ter record and get in the play­offs.”

The Comets strug­gled to gen­er­ate wins — com­bin­ing for two in the two prior years be­fore Mike Passer­rello took over.

The cul­ture has changed, and if the Comets want to take an­other step for­ward, the quar­ter­back sit­u­a­tion needs to be ironed out. Passer­rello said all three QBs — Matt Fairchild, Jimmy Schill and Brook­side trans­fer Jonathan Hice, have a chance to start.

“We’ll be mak­ing that de­ci­sion on Mon­day,” Passer­rello said.

But, the bread and but­ter of this Comets of­fense will be Scagliozzo.

“De­pend­ing on who our quar­ter­back is, that will com­ple­ment Khennedy at run­ning back,” Passer­rello added. “A cou­ple of our quar­ter­backs are dual threats, and one of them is a drop back passer. We’ll build the of­fense around that.

“But be­fore the sea­son starts, I think we need to im­prove on lim­it­ing mis­takes. The penal­ties and mis­takes we can con­trol. That is the big thing I take away from this scrim­mage. We had some big plays, but we also hurt our­selves.”

McFar­land loves the tough com­pe­ti­tion dur­ing scrim­mages.

“We want to play good peo­ple,” McFar­land said. “I think Amherst is go­ing to be a good team this year, they went 6-4 last year. I’m ex­cited about it.”

Amherst opens up at Clearview Aug. 24, and Lo­rain trav­els to Mid­view.


Amherst run­ning back Khennedy Scagliozzo runs against Lo­rain dur­ing a scrim­mage on Aug. 11.


Lo­rain run­ning back Jal­inJOURNAL Cheers works to get around the Amherst de­fense dur­ing a scrim­mage on Aug. 11.


Lo­rain quar­ter­back Jor­dan Jack­son has time to throw with his line block­ing against Amherst dur­ing a scrim­mage on Aug. 11. Jack­son is step­ping into the start­ing role for the Ti­tans this sea­son.

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