It’s the final chance to work out the bugs before the start of the regular football season.
Como-Pickton and Cumby both have their second scrimmages coming up as they prepare for football season.
vs. Union Hill
The Eagles have their second road trip of the preseason as they trek to Gilmer for a 6 p.m. scrimmage today against Union Hill.
Union Hill, a member of 10-1A, Div. II, is coming off an 0-9 second. They also will have a new coach in place after posting the winless year.
Como-Pickton coach Conley Bland said his team has picked up the intensity in practices this week.
The Eagles were blanked by Grand Saline on Aug. 16, in their initial football scrimmage.
Como-Pickton has 30 total players out for high school football. Bland hopes that the players who have made it through practices under the sizzling heat are going to be ready for a productive season.
Union Hill is picked last in their district after not managing a win in 2012.
Players to watch for the Bulldogs include: offensive and defensive lineman, Adams Davis; wide receiver/linebackers, Dakota Dudley and Austin Wade. Fermin Martinez plays receiver and defensive back and is a standout player according to reports. Martinez was also an all-district kicker.
The Bulldogs will be looking to rebuild a defense which allowed 368 points last year.
Como-Pickton comes into the scrimmage without any major injuries, according to Bland.
The Trojans have a Friday night scrimmage set in Dallas. They take on Dallas Gateway at 6 p.m.
Cumby was defeated 1-0 by state power Tenaha in their first scrimmage. Coach Tom Dracos was pleased with the performance and expects good things from
“We learned a lot from our first scrimmage. The speed of the game was great for us. Dallas Gateway will be another great test for us. Preparation has been great this week. The kids are working hard and we are learning a lot,” Dracos said. “Offensively, things look like they are starting to gel.”
Dracos said, “We are treating this scrimmage like a game. We are doing it that way so we are not in shock next week. ”
Cumby features 32 high school players and has avoided any injuries. The Trojans, like most teams, are also dealing with practicing under the scorching August sun.
“We are handling it well. We tell the kids to work hard when they are going and rest hard when they are not,” Dracos said.
Dallas Gateway is picked fifth in the six-team 6-1A, Div. I district.
The Gators under coach James Bevil have three offensive and three defensive starters back from a 4-6 team. Gateway is looking to fill holes after the graduation of a large class. The squad lost 14 lettermen from a year ago.
Top players are Michael Jimmerson, an all-around athletes and linemen Avery Harris, DeAndre Porter and Javan Toney. Top linebackers are Mark Garcia and Kelvin Williams.
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