It’s probably a true statement, that coaches get much more out of scrimmages than fans do.
But for coaches, scrimmages - which are really just live action against another foe - are very helpful.
They what you have done things right, scrimmages can be comforting. But what maybe is more important, they reveal areas which need help and improvement.
Sulphur Springs head football coach Greg Owens said his main goal for the scrimmage with Royse City today is to “get better.”
Owens said the Wildcats have been working hard this week to correct mistakes made in the first outing. Sulphur Springs had some spirited workouts as coaches and players cranked up the intensity.
“We had a short, quick Thursday practice. Everyone was on point,” Owens said. “We expect a fast moving scrimmage. I have challenged the kids to pay attention to the details and play fast.”
The Wildcats and Bulldogs scrimmage today in Royse City. The ninth grade/junior varsity part of the scrimmage begins at 5 p.m. The varsity squads take the artifical turf at Royse City about 6:30 p.m.
All fans will sit on the home side. Royse City officials reported the stands on the visitors side are not open.
For the varsity, after the controlled portion of the scrimmage, the teams will play a running half with the clock at 30 minutes. Action will be played under game conditions. The clock will only be stopped due to scores, changes of possession, time outs and kicking plays.
The scrimmage for Royse City will be only action for the Bulldogs before the football season starts.
The Bulldogs will be led by first time head David Petroff. Petroff, an assistant football coach for 17 years, recently took over the controls at Royse City. Petroff comes to Royse City from Waco Midway where he coached nine years, most recently as defensive coordinator and assistant head coach.
“This is our only scrimmage. I feel good about where we are and the progress these young men have made during spring ball, summer workouts, 7-on-7, and in our fall workouts. I am anxious to get on the field with them and watch how they perform,” Petroff said.
The Bulldogs feature a lineup with 43 seniors on the roster. Royse City went 1-9 last year with five offense and seven defensive starters returning.
Petroff said, “I am very excited about the season, I feel as though we can have a very successful year with the quality kids that we have. The sky is the limit as I will never put limitations on any team or player that I am associated with. The main objective for the scrimmage is to make sure we play every player in our program and then evaluate their performance and evaluate where we are as a team.”
The coach added, “I feel good about scrimmaging Sulphur Springs. I know they are a quality program, that is well-coached and they have exceptional players. That is the type of team and program you want to face and see as you prepare for you district opponents.”
Sulphur Springs has several players who still will be unable to play due to injuries.
The Wildcats are holding some back so they will be ready for the home opener Aug. 30 against Tyler Lee.
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