Tiger JV on winning track
BY ROBERT L. BAKER
Wyoming County Press Examiner
Although the varsity football Tigers have taken some big lumps under the Friday night lights to folks like West Scranton and Crestwood, their JV counterparts are doing a bit better.
“It’s nice to see them being successful,” Coach Rod Azar said.
Azar made the final decision to abandon freshman football at the end of summer and went for junior varsity this year after a 2-year period where a freshman team was fielded.
“It wasn’t working out as tremendously well as we needed, and we realized that if we didn’t have junior varsity you can’t grow or develop younger players.
Azar said that junior varsity is more for teaching and less about winning, but it’s inevitable that their competitive side emerges.
The JV Tigers are running a watered-down version of the same offense the varsity is using, Azar said, and he’s been platooning assistant coaches around to give the players more exposure at one-on-one contact with them.
“We field about 22-24 of the kids for junior varsity, and they’re learning a lot,” he said.
There was no scheduled game with Berwick this past Monday
The Tigers have three games left on their junior varsity schedule, typically right after school on Monday afternoons: at Wyoming Valley West on Oct. 14, at home against Williamsport on Oct. 21, and at home against Dallas on Oct. 28.