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La Salle-Peru senior Colby Sassano looks to throw the ball as his father, L-P coach Joe Sassano, looks on during L-P’s “Meet the Cavs” Night at Howard Fellows Stadium. Colby Sassano is battling for the starting quarterback position with junior Cam Mignone. NewsTribune photo/Genna Ord
During the offseason, second-year La Salle-Peru defensive coordinator Pat Carney installed a new defense.
He implemented a 3-4 base defense with a Cover 2 shell, but the Cavaliers also will run four- or five-man fronts depending on the opponent’s scheme.
The new system made its debut Friday during Meet the Cavs Night and received a positive review from coach Joe Sassano.
“I think they are starting to feel comfortable with it. They’re starting to recognize their responsibilities,” Sassano said. “I think they all played hard, all played fast and all made plays. They seemed to know where the football was at all times.”
Along with debuting the new defense, Friday was the final audition for quarterback candidates Colby Sassano and Cam Mignone.
“The coaching staff will meet, watch film and make the final decision this weekend,” Joe Sassano said. “I think they both do a nice job. I think Cam also showed he can play as a wide receiver or slot receiver and give us some depth.”
Joe Sassano also was pleased with the play around his quarterback candidates.
“Offensively, some guys showed that they were willing to step up and play,” Joe Sassano said. “I think we had some good trap blocks and some good pass protection. We threw the ball nice and we made some catches. I thought we had some nice runs. We were able to get in the red zone and finish, which was nice. That’s kind of an emphasis this year.”
The Cavs scored twice in the red zone — once on a run by Zach Barr and once on a pass from Colby Sassano to Logan Zeman in the corner of the end zone.
“It’s just guys making plays, finishing on their blocks, running with the ball with their eyes open and making the right cut and getting north and south,” Joe Sassano said.
The Cavs, who went 3-6 last year, open the season at 7:30 p.m. Friday against Lincoln-Way North at Howard Fellows Stadium.
“It was a fun night,” Joe Sassano said. “It was a nice night and we had a nice crowd. We look forward to a fun, healthy season.”
Note: The Cavs also debuted a new helmet decal — an intertwined L and P. Following the scrimmage, each of the team’s 29 seniors was introduced along with their parents and presented the decals.
Kevin Chlum can be reached at 220-6939, or at sports at newstrib.com. Follow him on Twitter @NT_SportsEditor.
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