COMO — Preparation for the upcoming season had to be delayed Tuesday, but nobody seemed to mind.
The cause of the delay was welcome rain showers on the practice field which were accompanied by cool weather.
The Eagles have been practicing each day from 5-7:30 p.m. on the field at the high school.
“We did get some rain the other day, but it was good for us. We got a break, went inside and had some chalk talk and reviewed plays,” said Conley Bland, Eagles head football coach. “I think the talk helped. We got an hour of football practice outside after the shower passed. ”
Como-Pickton will be opening their football season with a 6 p.m. road scrimmage Friday against Grand Saline. Junior varsity action will begin the scrimmage with the varsity taking the field at 7-7:30 p.m.
Como-Pickton went 1-9 last year, the first season under Bland as head coach.
“It’s a struggle here at times. We are down to about 30 players,” Bland said. “But the players who are here now and want to play are giving it all they have. I am happy with the kids we have now. They’re excited to play and Grand Saline will be a test for us. They have a lot of good players.”
Bland continued, “Scrimmages always help you because you see where you are and what you need to work on. Scrimmages are really like glamorized workouts in a controlled setting, but against different people.”
The coach said several of his players will be used in action on both offense and defense, but he hopes to limit two way starters.
“We had some players last year we hardly got to talk to on the sidelines, because they were always on the field,” Bland said. “We are going to try and limit how much they play. But most of the players will get lots of reps. Grand Saline has more depth and will get to substitute more than we can. We’re a young team. Playing them now will pay dividends for us later. You never know how things will come out in a scrimmage.”
Grand Saline is a team which also is rebuilding after a 1-9 mark a year ago. The Indians went winless in district 7-2A, Div. 1 play with an 0-6 mark.
Grand Saline has seven offensive and seven defensive starters returning.
The Eagles feature five offensive and four defensive players returning allowing with 13 lettermen. Emilio Ramirez paced the defense with 95 tackles for the squad in 2012.
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