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Scrimmage report from Scarsdale

Posted Saturday, September 04, 2010 by LoHud
SCARSDALE — If you missed my comments on Twitter, here was my take on the Raiders: They are a playoff team.

It’s a bit of a leap, having just seen Fox Lane and very little of Ossining. But it’s not meant to diminish the chances of those two or Yorktown and Mamaroneck. It’s because Scarsdale has some serious weapons and should thrive in that league. Here’s why:

The Raiders have a number of skill players they’re excited, none more so than WR Matt Wheeler and HB/S Johan Drakes. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Wheeler missed today with a groin tweak but is expected to play next week against Ketcham. What he provides is excellent size and athleticism. He’s perhaps the fastest player on the team and has a 36-inch vertical leap, giving him the size, strength and skill to beat d-backs.

Drakes is another terrific physical talent at 6-3, 195. He’s an Odane Franklin copy as a safety who will serve multiple roles on offense. Drakes just played defense for most of today but will be a major two-way weapon.

Scarsdale coach Andy Verboys told me he was very excited about senior QB Brian Bauersfeld, who can throw and really understands the triple option. Bauersfeld was the No. 2 last season, but he has not only progressed physically, he also deceives defenses by concealing the ball.

“He’s the key ingredient that we added,” Verboys said. “He understands the option and he runs it well.”

Bauersfeld shined today as a runner, showing solid decision-making. He has several targets to choose from whether running the option or picking out receivers. In addition to Wheeler and Drakes, seniors Will Hewitt and Muhammad Auwalu and junior Anthony Cugini are main threats. Hewitt is 6-4, 205 pounds. He also is part of the team’s strength on defense, where he plays DE.

The Raiders aren’t the biggest team, but Verboys praised his linemen for their strength thanks to their work in the weight room. The leader up front is RG Ianni Drivas, a 6-1, 235-pound senior who has started for three years and has drawn interest from Ivy League schools, according to Verboys.

But modest size shouldn’t hurt them as much in their league, which consists of the smaller schools in Class AA, three of which just bumped up from Class A. For that reason alone, I really like Scarsdale’s chances to qualify for the postseason. As for where the Raiders stand in the landscape of Class AA overall, we may have a good indicator in Week 1 when they play Ketcham.

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