PM East coach denies taping Nazareth drills
Melosky says no one with program took video of opponent’s practice
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.