Day 6 was a very wet and damp day across the state for the start of two-a-day practices. We started early in the morning and the skies opened up and our first stop had us move indoors at the newly refinished Abington Heights basketball gymnasium.

The Comets had no choice but to go indoors. The rain flooded the practice field. Indoor practices are frustrating for players who have been chomping at the bit to start clicking, but even more so for coaches, who have planned and plotted everything they have to get accomplished and believe me with scrimmages on the horizon Saturday, every minute is accounted for to review, teach and practice.

So, Abington Heights players, who have been waiting a long time to get the 2017 season behind them and the 2018 season started, it was abbreviated drills indoors.

Then, we traveled to Riverside, another perennial playoff team trying to recover from an offseason. Harry Armstrong is back, and after starting the Vikings’ practice indoors, they attempted to get something — anything — accomplished with some contact outdoors. The rain made it almost impossible. Riverside made the best of the situation and did get some work done.

Finally, at 2 p.m., at the height of the rainfall, we visited Scranton Prep. Now the Cavaliers have an artificial surface to practice on and remarkably, it couldn’t withstand the ferocity of the rain. It was so soggy and practice footballs were so waterlogged, they looked like they were filled with sand as players attempted to throw, snap and even kick them.

The umbrella was useless.

So, the day concluded still with three visits.

 

Here is a recap: 

 

VISIT No. 1

 

2018 ABINGTON HEIGHTS COMETS

 

 

 

Abington Heights had its worst record in the Joe Repshis-era (2005 to present) last season with a 1-10 final mark. Fans, could be encouraged though for 2018.

The Comets have had only four non-winning seasons under Repshis and the program bounced back after each one.

 

Year Record Following Year Record

2011

3–7

2012

10—3

2014

4—6

2015

5—5

2015

5—5

2016

8–5

 

 

 

VIDEO PROFILE

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

VISIT No. 2

 

2018 RIVERSIDE VIKINGS

 

 

Harry Armstrong is back.

Ben Thomas is still with the Vikings.

Yes, the two essentially changed roles this season. Thomas was an assistant for Armstrong from 2006 to 2010, then Armstrong kind of helped out when Thomas was the head coach in 2016. And now, Armstrong is back as the head coach and Thomas is back as a line coach.

Clearly, Armstrong has been a part of some of the finest seasons in Riverside High School Football history.

As a player:

  • 1995: 5-6
  • 1996: 7-6 — District 2 Class 1A champions
  • 1997: 13-2 — District 2 Class 1A champions; PIAA Class 1A final

 

As a coach:

  • 2006: 6-5 — District 2 Class 2A playoffs
  • 2007: 11-2 — District 2 Class 2A final
  • 2008: 13-1 — District 2 Class 1A champion; PIAA Class 1A quarterfinal
  • 2009: 4-8 — District 2 Class 1A final
  • 2010: 14-2 — District 2 Class 1A champion; PIAA Class 1A final

 

 

VIDEO PROFILE

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

VISIT No. 3

 

2018 SCRANTON PREP CAVALIERS

 

 

 

 

Scranton Prep is in the third year of his career at the helm of the program.

He is off to a pretty good start.

Terry Gallgher

Frank Pazzaglia

Greg Justave

Joe Repshis

SCRANTON PREP

VALLEY VIEW

ABINGTON HEIGHTS

ABINGTON HEIGHTS

2016

11—2

1969

9—1—1

1997

10–1

2005

10—1

2017

13—1

1970

9—1—0

1998

11—2

2006

10—2

Total

24—3

Total

18—2–1

Total

21—3

Total

20—3

 

 

VIDEO PROFILE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

TUESDAY’S TRAVEL ITINERARY

 

 

 

10 a.m. — Honesdale
1:30 p.m. — Wallenpaupack
3 p.m. — Western Wayne