The Munchies Scrimmages are named in remembrance of Ryan Warren “Munchie” Taylor, who tragically died in an accident when he was just 18 years old in 2004. Taylor was the youngest certified TVYFL coach in the league’s history.
Teams from Delhi, Gustine, Modesto Christian, Turlock and Ripon came to the Patterson Community Stadium for one last tune-up before the start of the regular season. Families sat in lawn chairs and gathered underneath canopies to get a preview of what to expect from the boys in their upcoming 2014 season.
The teams took turns alternating on offense and defense, spending roughly 20 minutes on each side of the ball. Coaches used the day as a valuable gauge to assess where their teams strengths and weaknesses lie.
“It’s just nice to practice against somebody we’re not familiar with,” said Ravens junior varsity head coach Joe Powers. “Kind of gives us an idea of where we stand, and lets us measure up against the teams who we are playing against and see how we’ve done.”
For some teams it was just a matter of getting out those early game jitters. “It felt great to get back on the field,” said Ravens novice head coach David Cota. “A little nervous at first, but feels great now.”
The scrimmages gave the players a chance to get their feet wet and play in some of the matchups they will compete in later on. It also gave the coaches a chance to survey their personnel and see if there are any changes that need to be made in their offense or defense.
“You can learn a lot,” said junior novice head coach Jason Addington. “You take your young players and get them into key positions and see whether they’re going to be successful or not in those positions.”
The regular season will begin on Saturday, Aug. 16. At 1 p.m., the Patterson Ravens will play against the Patterson Reapers at the Community Stadium.
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