WHITING | Next Friday may be the Oilers' official field dedication game against Clark, but Friday's scrimmage gave Whiting and guest Bishop Noll an early chance to check out Ray P. Gallivan Stadium's new turf.
And Whiting coach Jeff Cain doesn't mind giving his opinion.
"Everybody keeps asking, 'Do you like it? Do you like it?' Cain said. "I think 'like' is a very mild term. We love this. You don't worry about a practice field. Our 'big' 35-yard practice field, we don't go out there anymore. This is awesome. The back of our shirts this year say, 'Live It,' and we are definitely living a dream right now."
Cain also said the Oilers took away exactly what they were looking for from the scrimmage: no injuries.
"This thing has been an injury bug for us before, so we limited a couple kids tonight," Cain said. "Everybody is walking out of here today so we have a little bit of a smile on our face. (Saturday) morning we'll learn some more about ourselves when we have some tape to evaluate. We just need to keep getting better."
Senior wide receiver Keegan Rooke had two touchdown catches for the Oilers and another catch from quarterback AJ Veloz for 43 yards. Cain said Rooke has been a two-way starter in both his sophomore and junior seasons, and Rooke may be the only Oiler going both ways in 2013.
"I think he may be the only kid going both ways for us," Cain said. "He's been behind some guys, some seniors that graduated last year, so we're looking for some big things from him."
Bishop Noll used both Nick Thrasher and Anthony Fundukian at quarterback with the first team, and Warriors coach Mike Juscik said both players are ready to go at a moment's notice.
"There's a possibility that both will play in the game," Juscik said of Bishop Noll's season opener against Andrean. "We told them right now Nick's starting, and Anthony may definitely play in the game. They both do a great job. Both of them can start, both of them can do stuff, and it's possible they'll both see time."
Bishop Noll running back Anthony Mayers looked in mid-season form when he took carries of 35 and 11 yards into the end zone. Bishop Noll struggled with some snap fumbles early, but were able to string solid offensive possessions.
"I just wanted to focus tonight on finding holes," Mayers said. "Tonight was just, in my mindset, we're going to see what our team can do, and the offensive line did a great job blocking. The defensive side of the ball did pretty good, too."