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Sports Notebook: Chaotic football scrimmages

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Ever been to a high-school football scrimmage and try to figure out which player is which? That can be a challenge.

The thing about scrimmage games is there is no real organization of players as far as the correct roster numbers they wear. Some don’t even wear numbers, just blank jerseys.

Some teams might have multiple players wearing the same number. Or, numbers are all jumbled about. A player who wears No. 18 for his regular-season jersey, could be sporting, say No. 35, during the scrimmage.

Some players have their last names taped to the front of their helmets, but maybe just a few of those.


Yes, so for an outsider, even for coaches in some situations, it’s hard to figure out who is who.

As for a newspaper photographer trying to find out correct ID information for any photos taken at such a scrimmage, good luck. Sometimes a photographer literally will have to ask the specific player his name. That has happened.

The actual play of a high-school football scrimmage is usually well organized and not difficult to follow. But the player identification portion of such action is most often totally chaotic.

– Dave Facinoli


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