By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
Fans had their first glimpse of the Redskins Friday night at Redskin Field, and for the first time in recent memory, two completely separate starting squads faced off in a live-action event.
Cline has taken advantage of the strong numbers and has a completely separate defensive and offensive team, and the starters from both sides squared off in the scrimmage.
With strength on strength, the scoring was slowed somewhat, but both sides were given a better view of what to expect when Ulysses comes to town Friday.
At times, the defense was abel to prevent the offense from moving the ball, but the offense also showed the ability to break loose on a big gain.
Passing was extremely limited with Cline’s style of ground and pound, and there was little to no gimmickry in the Redskins approach.
For the Redskins to succeed with that style will require solid blocking up front, and the Redskins were giving their running backs opportunities.
At the same time, the defense was able to get stops in the backfield.
The officiating crew had quick whistles to reduce the chance for injury, but that didn’t prevent some big sticks.
With the Ulysses coaching staff on hand, the Redskins showed what might be considered a vanilla version of their playbook, but at the same time, vanilla might just be the flavor of choice for Cline.
While the offense will almost exclusively be under center and run a wing and I-style set, Cline also showed a shotgun set but ran the wildcat, or at least that is what was shown.
Cline is also working with some players who have not played in a while, and some inexperience showed.
“Some of these kids haven’t played in three years,” Cline said. “If your hand is down, you have to stay set. Well, some of these young guys didn’t know that. So there’s some things that we took for granted that we need to go back and brush up on, make sure we understand the simple rules of the game. The effort was good tonight. We have a lot of things to work on, we have a long way to go, but effort was pretty good.”
With his first teams facing off, Cline was able to see how each would respond, and he was able to see where the opportunities would be on what needed to be improved.
“I thought they did pretty well,” Cline said. “The defense caught us in a couple blitzes, a couple stunts. Offensively, we missed some blocks, we didn’t do a counter very well, we didn’t pull very well, we weren’t hitting the hole very hard at times, but again there were some good glimpses. When our kids get some space, they can show some speed.”
Jared Hasik came out to start at quarterback after recovering from a broken collarbone in last year’s opener against Ulysses.
“I thought Jared showed some smarts, being presented with what we were showing him defensively and him being able to modify his read a little bit,” Cline said. “Sergio Borjas made some good decisions as what the defensive front was providing him. He made some simple calls to help the offensive line out. Those offensive leaders stepped up and did a good job. The defense did a good job on some short fields at times.”
By Friday, Cline wants to see a more precise effort.
“Ball control is one thing,” he said. “Occupying the clock better. We are not snapping the ball as fast as I would like. There are some things to work on as far as timing.”
Liberal hosts Ulysses at 7 p.m. Friday.