While other football-playing high schools in northern Indiana will face other teams in controlled scrimmage, Penn will have to settle for lining up against itself.
The Kingsmen had a plan, though never a signed contract, with Carmel, but the Greyhounds decided in July not to make the trip for a scheduled Friday, Aug. 15, match-up.
"Carmel decided that because of the IHSAA rules changes with the limited contact in practices it wasn’t worth spending time on the road,” Ben Karasiak, Penn’s athletic director, said.
Penn asked permission from Plymouth to break a scrimmage contract nearly a year ago, and the Rockies complied. Penn then extended an offer to Carmel last December, which was accepted, albeit verbally, in principle, but never formally.
Karasiak said he sent contracts on two occasions and received no response, though during a follow-up phone conversation, Carmel AD Jim Inskeep said “we’re coming,” according to Karasiak.
Now Penn coach Cory Yeoman said he’ll set up a full-on intrasquad scrimmage at 6 p.m. The positive for the Kingsmen is that because it’s not an IHSAA-governed scrimmage, Yeoman and his staff can pretty much script the session anyway they wish.
“It’s fun to play somebody else. That part you can’t replace,” Yeoman said Thursday. “But it opens the door even more, we can get more accomplished and we can make sure everybody gets in.”
Elkhart Area Football Scrimmages
Rochester at Jimtown, 7 p.m.
Elkhart Central at NorthWood, 7 p.m.
Elkhart Memorial at SB St. Joseph, 7 p.m.
Goshen at Columbia City, 7 p.m.
Lakeland at Northridge, 7 p.m.
Wawasee at Mishawaka Marian, 7 p.m.
Mishawaka at Concord, 7:30 p.m.
Fairfield at Bremen, 7:30 p.m.