— By GREG WEBB
Though there are few dyed-in-the-wool football fans that will let the season slip up on them. For all others, this weeks’ full schedule of scrimmages should serve as a solid harbinger of the impending slate.
Springtown, Brock and Millsap took the field last week in their respective first scrimmages. Class 3A and smaller schools, who do not conduct spring football drills, are allowed a second scrimmage before the start of the regular season.
After holding its media-photo day on Thursday morning, Brock hosted Red Oak Life Thursday evening, getting the JV and varsity teams ready for their opener next week. The Eagles, who will play few games in Brock this season while navigating through its “outlaw schedule,” will host Dallas Gateway in its last season before joining the University Interscholastic League (UIL).
Millsap hosted its premier scrimmage last week, and is on the road for its follow-up, traveling to Bowie on Friday. The junior varsity squad will take its first snap at 6 p.m. in Jackrabbit Stadium, with the varsity to follow.
The repetitions, on both sides of the ball, are particularly valuable to the Bulldogs, who have installed new offensive and defensive schemes for the 2013 season.
Head coach Brad Turner is looking forward to Springtown’s second scrimmage, hoping the Porcupines can straighten out a few aspects he saw lacking in Pojo’s performance last week against Sanger.
Springtown will meet Frisco Heritage halfway, traveling to scrimmage against the Coyotes at Byron Nelson High School. The freshman and JV teams are slated for a 6 p.m. start, with the varsity to take the field at 7 p.m.
Weatherford delves into its first action against “unfamiliar” faces on Friday, with a long bus ride to Ennis.
Coach Nelms and his staff, installing a new offense and a new defense for the Roos, will work on a scaled-down version of the available X’s & O’s in the playbook, trying to build consistency while reserving a few wrinkles for the regular season.
The Roo freshmen will start at 5 p.m., yielding the field to the JV at 6 p.m. The varsity will take on the Lions’ varsity at 7:30 p.m.
Aledo heads north-by-northeast to revisit the gridiron with Denton Guyer, in their third confrontation in the past couple of seasons. Guyer visited Aledo for a scrimmage last year, and the teams met again in the Class 4A, Div. I area playoffs last year, with the Denton school prevailing, en rout to a state title.
The scrimmage should provide a good test for the 2013 Bearcats, who are reloading with a new starting quarterback, as well as several other new faces in the starting lineup.
Aledo’s freshmen and JV begin at 5:30 p.m. at C.H. Collins Stadium with the Bearcats’ varsity slated for 7 p.m.