Weir faces home opener dilemma

THROUGH THE SMOKE — Weir’s Tyler Mack (32), Jaylon Bridges (20), Chad Custer (5) and more come out of the tunnel before its matchup with Oak Glen on Friday. (Photo by Joe Catullo)

WEIRTON — It is difficult to do adequate scouting on a team from nearly 500 miles away, but when that team hasn’t played a game yet this season trying to determine what type of offense and defense they will throw at you is very difficult.

That’s what faces the Weir High Red Riders Friday when Anacostia of Washington, D.C. invades Jimmy Carey Stadium.

Veteran Red Rider coach Tony Filberto has faced this dilemma a few times in the past, and the best way he can describe the situation is to quote former Weir High coach Dan McGrew, who said “The only thing I know for sure is I don’t know anything.”

Filberto also noted that the preparations this week will be geared more on correcting the mistakes his Red Riders made in it’s 52-0 win over rival Oak Glen last week.

“I know the score doesn’t show it, but we did make a lot of mistakes last week,” Filberto said. “There were a couple of times that we missed opportunities. We want to correct those. We hope to get better at what we do.”

Filberto exchanged a couple of DVDs of games last year with Anacostia coach Lamont Reid, but for either coach to get much of a read off of that is slim at best.

Reid is a former NFL defensive back, who played collegiate ball at North Carolina State and professionally with the Atlanta Falcons and Washington Redskins.

“One thing we do know is that Reid knows football and will put a formidable team on the field Friday night,” Filberto said.

The thinking is that a lot of what Anacostia does will be similar to 2016 but probably with some different personnel.

Another thing Filberto does know is the Indians have a big wide receiver returning from last year. He is Quartez Galloway, a 6-3, 215-pound senior. Filberto said the quarterback returns, too, so it is likely they will try to hook up a few times. The Anacostia roster on lists only 16 players, and there are several quarterbacks shown. The lone senior quarterback is Marcus Barry (6-1, 195).

“The films we have from last year show a couple of big defensive tackles and good size defensive ends,” Filberto said. “But there is no way of knowing if they were seniors last year.”

Filberto added that he worked his charges hard in practice Monday, a lot harder than normal.

“We did that for a couple of reasons,” he said. “We need to get better, and we don’t want the kids to be over confident with one win. It is a long season.

“I was concerned going into the Oak Glen game about the size and athleticism of their line, and also about whether we could run the ball like we did last year with those big backs. Oak Glen was very good up front, so I congratulated our offensive line after the game. We ran the ball for 326 yards and had 439 total yards in the game. Yes, our backs looked pretty good, but that’s because of the way our line made the plays up front. Our linemen did an outstanding job.”

Filberto was pleased with the way junior Tyler Komorowski performed in his first varsity start at quarterback. He threw for 113 yards on only three completions and one touchdown. He also rushed for 88 yards on eight carries and another score.

“This is the first time in six years our quarterback did anything but play quarterback,” he said. “He’s one of our leaders on defense at the end spot so he has a lot to do in a game and that concerned me. But Tyler did very well. He missed reads a couple of times, but he did a real good job for his first time as the starting quarterback.”

As for Anacostia, Filberto said there always is a fear of the unknown.

“When I know who the opponent is, I’ll prepare for them,” he said. “This week, we don’t know much about the opponent, so we need the kids to work on the things they know about themselves. They can prepare for Anacostia this week by improving upon the things they know they can do.”