PM East coach de­nies tap­ing Nazareth drills

Melosky says no one with program took video of op­po­nent’s prac­tice

The Morning Call - - SPORTS - By Stephen Miller

If some­one was shooting video of Nazareth’s foot­ball prac­tice Tues­day night from a parked car, it wasn’t some­one as­so­ci­ated with the Po­cono Moun­tain East foot­ball team, Car­di­nals head coach Rob Melosky in­sisted Fri­day.

Melosky will lead Po­cono Moun­tain East to Nazareth for an EPC foot­ball opener Fri­day night. He coached at Nazareth ear­lier this decade, lead­ing the Blue Ea­gles to the 2011 Dis­trict 11 Class 4A ti­tle.

Nazareth coach Tom Fal­zone said ear­lier this week some­one who lives near Nazareth ap­proached prac­tice Tues­day to say an uniden­ti­fied per­son was in a car record­ing prac­tice. When Nazareth coaches ap­proached the car, it sped off.

Melosky bris­tled at the idea that any­one con­nected with Po­cono Moun­tain East would record any other team’s prac­tice. He said he still has friends at Nazareth and was dis­ap­pointed that no one talked with him af­ter Fal­zone had told The Morn­ing Call he be­lieved some­one — and to be clear, Fal­zone didn’t say some­one from Po­cono Moun­tain East — was shooting video of Nazareth’s prac­tice.

But given that Po­cono Moun­tain East is Nazareth’s op­po­nent, Melosky wanted to set the record straight.

“I would never do some­thing like that, nor would any­one else in the Po­cono Moun­tain East program,” Melosky said by phone Fri­day morn­ing. “It’s not right, and it’s not right for our program. It’s not right at all.”

In an­other twist, Fal­zone had to pre­pare the Blue Ea­gles for the game with­out hav­ing film on Po­cono Moun­tain East be­cause the Car­di­nals had can­celed their one pre­sea­son scrim­mage. Po­cono Moun­tain East is run­ning new sets on of­fense and has a new de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor.

“It’s prob­a­bly the most dif­fi­cult week I can re­mem­ber in prepa­ra­tion for a team,” Fal­zone said ear­lier this week. “You’re try­ing to get ready for ev­ery­thing. It makes it so much tougher go­ing into that first week.

Melosky said Fri­day that Po­cono Moun­tain East nixed its scrim­mage for player-safety rea­sons. He said the Car­di­nals had in­juries that wouldn’t have al­lowed them to com­pete in a safe man­ner.

Melosky de­nied that can­cel­ing the scrim­mage was done to gain a com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage and said his team is at a dis­ad­van­tage be­cause it hasn’t played an op­po­nent in live-ac­tion this pre­sea­son.

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