Pumping iron: Warren making strides on the gridiron, in the gym

VINCENT – As Warren High football head coach Andy Schob reflects on July 9 when the Warriors took the field at Meadowbrook High School for a 7-on-7 scrimmage, he admits the team was not at its best.

“I’ll just say it, we looked bad in our first 7-on-7,” Schob said Wednesday afternoon during the team’s weight-lifting session. “We looked really bad. We made a lot of mistakes.”

But as the summer went on, the royal blue and white began making improvements, and eventually went 4-0 its final 7-on-7 scrimmage at Muskingum University.

“We’ve made improvements all summer,” Schob remarked. “I was happy with that. Our first day was a good practice. Our second day was a better practice.”

The Warriors are hopeful that they will continue to improve as they approach week one against Parkersburg High at Don Drumm Stadium.

Currently Warren is in a routine where it lifts for 45 minutes to an hour in the gym and then hits the field for about two-and-a-half hours for practice and conditioning.

Schob said he got the idea for that type of schedule from when his son Jason played at the University of Findlay.

“I think it keeps the kids fresher,” Schob said. “I think it keeps them more focused on what you want to do. Also, it gives us time for lifting before a couple practices. I just thought it was a good thing. I think our kids like that and they kind of respond well to it.”

As for the quarterback situation, Schob said that both candidates, Andrew Henthorn and Austin Klintworth, have made strong cases for the starting job.

“It’s gone back and forth over June and July,” Schob explained.

“One day we’ll think ‘Well, this kid is a little bit ahead,’ and then the next day ‘This kid’s ahead.’ It’s still real neck-and-neck right now between Klintworth and Henthorn. We’re really happy with the progress of them.”

Schob also said that both Henthorn and Klintworth will likely see time under center during the season, and regardless of which player is at quarterback, both players are good athletes and will probably be on the field somewhere.

Warren still has over three weeks before the regular season kicks off, and Schob said the main focus will be getting guys prepared for the atmosphere that game-day brings.

“In my opinion, we have a lot of good, solid kids,” he said. “We don’t have a lot of kids that are ready right now, but I think we have a lot of kids that are capable of (getting there.)

“We have to, between now and our first game, develop, get kids experience, get them to that level. And as many of those good kids as we can get up to that Friday night level between now and then, the better.”