Stage set for Friday scrimmage
By Greg Sullivan
This Friday the Morgan County High School football program will renew what had once been a long-standing tradition when they kick things off in their spring Red vs. White game at 6 p.m. at Bill Corry Stadium.
Bulldogs Head Coach Bill Malone doesn't know if the last spring game in Morgan County was in 1995 or 1996, but either way it's been a long time coming.
As many surrounding schools take part in similar events throughout the region, Morgan County will soon take their turn and get in on the act.
"Kids will wear their jerseys to school," said Malone. "That ought to make it interesting."
Some Bulldogs will don the red home jersey. Some will wear the white road jerseys. For the rest of this week these teammates will look at each other as opponents
"I'm hoping to create a little Friday night atmosphere the week before graduation and I'm trying to give anybody in town a chance to see what we've been doing down here."
The event is free and open to the public. The game will start with the two squads, set up to be evenly matched, having a chance to take on each other head to head. Malone said the plan is for each squad to have about five or six possessions against each other.
Coaches plan to film the game and work out any problems they can spot in future practices this fall.
Following the game, ninth graders will line up against each other. That portion of the event will be similar to a b-team spring game, the only difference being coaches will likely be on the field to help instruct them on plays.
After the ninth graders are through, the first team offense will run through plays against the best remaining defense. Then the first team defense will work against the best remaining offense. This is helpful mainly because many players on the team will see playing time on both sides of the ball. So the team can’t field a true first string offense against a true first team defense.
For the scrimmage, Defensive Coordinator Clint Jenkins and Offensive Coordinator John Robbins will each coach one of the squads for the Red vs. White spring game. Half of each practice since Tuesday has and will be devoted to squads preparing for the anticipated scrimmage.
Coaches hope the players are competitive in the game, but the scrimmage following the b-team game should serve the need of getting players back on the same page once their competitive scrimmage has passed.