STEVE HANLON: A call from behind center

2013-08-16T21:30:00Z 2014-08-01T18:08:11Z STEVE HANLON: A call from behind centerSteve Hanlon Prep Beat nwitimes.com
August 16, 2013 9:30 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | A high school football team without a good quarterback is like a country with a good president. Please enter your own punchline here.

It's like a Beatle without the bangs.

Two of the region's best teams – Andrean and Crown Point – faced each other on Friday night in the Hub in the dying spectacle of high school scrimmages.

Hey folks, how about a 10th game? Prep teams have about 100 scrimmages in the summer. Why one more? Might as well make this one count.

Two of the region's top quarterbacks – Andrean's Matt DeSomer and Crown Point's Jake Jatis – took the field after a crazy, up-and-down summer where both of their futures clouded up a bit.

DeSomer spent most of the summer trying to get a baseball scholarship. It hasn't happened yet. And Jatis is recovering from an injury suffered in a scrimmage against Indianapolis Ben Davis.

I'm a huge fan of social media. Been told by many that this is the future and it's bigger than Elvis on steroids. (May “The King” rest in peace if he's not at a Dairy Queen in Grand Rapids.)

But there are some serious issues with the future.

Some genius tweeted that Jatis was out for the season when the injury occurred months ago.

“I laughed,” Jatis said about it in July. “I'll be fine.”

DeSomer looked very good against the Bulldogs, as the 59ers scored seven touchdowns to the Bulldogs' one. DeSomer ran a good, balanced offense.

Jatis did not take one snap on the night.

“If this was a game, with a win or a loss on the line, Jake would've played,” C.P. coach Kevin Enright said.

In baseball DeSomer is being recruited by Western Michigan, Ball State and a few others. In football he has Eastern Michigan, Southern Illinois and Miami of Ohio on his heels.

Summer baseball likely slowed No. 3 a bit on the grid. I still think football is his best sport.

“It's been really tough making this decision,” DeSomer said. “I want to keep my options open as far as which sport I play. Right now I feel like I'm better than I was last year at this time (in football.”

Andrean coach Phil Mason threw the ball a lot against C.P. trying to solidify the timing and rhythm of DeSomer and a talented group of receivers.

“We know what Matt can do with his legs,” Mason said.

On paper, and on the field, Andrean dominated the action. But Crown Point had several key players who were waiting for next week's opener at Lowell.

“The guys who count for us didn't get a lot of reps,” Enright said. “We made the decision to not play some guys and we didn't show a lot of schemes. If this was a game it would've been a different story.”

So has the prep scrimmage outlived its usefulness?

“Yes,” Enright said. “If we're going to come out and do this, we might as well make it count.”

I agree.

This column solely represents the writer's opinion. Reach him at steve.hanlon@nwi.com.

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