Connor Stonebraker drops back to pass for Versailles in Friday night scrimmage at Greenville. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

GHS hosts Versailles in football scrimmage

Greenville and Versailles closeout football preseason with Friday night scrimmage

GREENVILLE – The Versailles Tigers made a visit to Greenville Senior High School Friday night for the team’s final tune-up before the start of the 2022 OHSAA football season.

Versailles looked in midseason form in the first half of play, coming off a 2021 State Championship while Greenville struggled to find the end zone.

“I thought our line blocked well, they executed their assignments pretty well, we were able to sustain blocks.” said Versailles coach, Ryan Jones. “I thought our running backs ran hard, they were able to break some tackles.”

Versailles put its points on the board in the first half before Greenville settled in playing solid defense in the second half.

“We have to figure out a way to come out of the gate stronger,” said Greenville coach, Bart Schmitz. “It took us it seemed like two quarters to get our feet under us and that is something we have to get better at.”

The varsity squads started off the evening followed by the junior varsity teams and the freshman programs closed out the night’s action.

Both schools graduated their starting quarterbacks along with other position and line players as the coaching staffs hone in on their starting lineups on both sides of the line.

“We’ll watch film, we’ll fix some things and move some people around and see what it is going to take for us to win some football games,” Coach Schmitz said.

Coach Jones understands the defending state champion Tigers will bring out the best in teams for the 2022 season.

“We’ll get their best shot,” Jones noted. “The biggest thing we can do is prepare those guys, coach them up, put them in the best chance we can schematically to succeed and get better as much as we can during the week. If we can improve every day during the week then that will put them in their best position they can be in to take those teams best shot.”

“We’ve been a team trying to knock off state champions and now we’re defending state champions so we’re in that position so we know what its like,” added Jones. “Teams are going to want to beat us, we’ll be ready but we know we’re going to have to play well – it just isn’t going to happen.”

Greenville's AJ Shaffer gets a sack in home scrimmage with the Versailles Tigers. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Max Gehret scampers to the end zone for a Versailles touchdown in scrimmage at Greenville. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Brock Short runs up the middle for a Greenville gain in scrimmage vs Versailles. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Joel Gehret kicks an extra point out of the hold of Connor Stonebraker in scrimmage vs the Green Wave. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Joel Gehret carries for the Versailles Tigers in Friday night scrimmage at Greenville. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser

Gaylen Blosser / Publisher

Gaylen Blosser is a sports enthusiast and has covered high school sports for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio. Gaylen has been a media sportswriter while most recently serving as Sports Editor for the local newspaper and will now serve as editor of Darke County Now while continuing to cover athletics. Gaylen is an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years and is the recipient of the OHSAA Friends of Athletes Award and OHSAA Respect the Game State Award. Contact Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@darkecountynow.com or 937-459-9547.

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