In two days, high school football scrimmages begin for everyone who is enduring their second week of football practice. Rider and WFHS still have a week until they get to scrimmage.
It’s an important time for coaches to analyze personnel and really understand what a team’s strengths and weaknesses are. You can notice certain things in practice, but game speed against an opponent is much more telling.
From a sports writer’s perspective, you get a better feel watching them in person than hearing about it later from a coach. Scoring isn’t really kept – and touchdown totals can be skewed by second and third-string scores. Plus, turnovers can’t be returned for scores, etc.
I think there are some interesting scrimmages on the docket. Eight involving area teams are being held on Friday and there’s five more on Saturday.
I’ll try to make it out to Holliday on Friday morning to watch the Eagles face Iowa Park. A couple Saturday morning scrimmages I wouldn’t mind seeing are Henrietta-Seymour and Nocona-Windthorst.
Some of these scrimmages have starting times, but I’m not swearing by them. Most were taken from schedules. If you’re craving for some pad-popping, I’d try to swing by a football field near you.
Iowa Park at Holliday, 10 a.m.
Graham at Eastland
Abilene Wylie at Vernon
Saginaw Chisholm Trail at Burkburnett, 7 p.m.
Paradise at Olney, 6 p.m.
Bowie at Archer City, 6 p.m.
Hawley at Munday, 6 p.m.
Sweetwater at Hirschi, 7 p.m.
City View at Electra, 9 a.m.
Henrietta at Seymour, 9:30 a.m.
Nocona at Windthorst, 10 a.m.
Petrolia at Jacksboro, 9:30 a.m.
Memphis at Quanah