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August 22, 2018 Huskies test waters in scrimmage at Louisa-Muscatine
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Highland Huskies head coach Scott Morel said his team made good progress in its scrimmage at Louisa-Muscatine on Friday, Aug. 17.

The teams traded multi-play series at various spots on the field, giving offensive and defensive squads several opportunities to test each other.

“I thought things went well,” Morel said. “We progressively got better as it wore on.”

One question Morel said he had coming into Friday’s scrimmage was how well the offensive line would play.

He was pleased with what he saw.

“It was nice to see the offensive line run block,” Morel said. “It was good to see them get off the line and hit someone other then ourselves. We just need to hold our blocks longer.”

The offensive line will be the key to what Morel believes is the team’s strength – the running game.

“Our running game will be a nice strength,” he said. “We’ve got speed and athleticism. We have a nice group of running backs.”

Senior Brady Hahn made a number of powerful runs against the Falcons on Friday.

One area Morel said still needs work is the defense.

“Defensively, we’ve got to do the little things right,” he said. “We need to read our keys and know where we’re supposed to be. We did a lot of basic things (Friday), but we need to read our keys.”

Last Friday’s scrimmage against the Falcons was the Huskies’ final tuneup before their season-opener this Friday, Aug. 24, when they will host Columbus.

“Columbus has a good coaching staff,” Morel said. “They beat us last year.

Morel said this Friday’s game will be a challenge.

“On defense, we need to make sure they don’t get outside of us on our defensive end,” he said. “They’ve got size, and they’re very dangerous.

“Offensively, the key for us will be ball control.”

Highland opens the season at home with a matchup against Columbus. The Huskies fell to Columbus 28-14 last season.

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