JV and freshmen take the field at 6 p.m. Friday, varsity to follow at 7:15 p.m.
The Brownwood Lions' second week of preseason work will conclude with their first scrimmage Friday night as they venture to face the Burnet Bulldogs.
The JV and freshman squads will scrimmage at 6 p.m. with the varsity expected to take the field at 7:15 p.m. The varsity format will feature 12 plays each for the Lions' first-team offense and second-team offense, followed by five field goal attempts with no rush. Burnet will follow the same formula. The second half of the scrimmage will feature eight snaps for both the Brownwood first-team and second-team offense, followed by five Lion punts. Burnet will follow the same routine to conclude Friday night's action.
“It's going to be interesting to see how well our speed matches up against a different colored jersey,” said Lions second-year head coach Kyle Maxfield. “It looks like we have a lot of team speed out there, but sometimes that can be deceiving.”
Heading into the scrimmage, the Lions have progressed just as Maxfield had hoped.
“I'm really pleased with where we are at this point going into our first scrimmage,” Maxfield said. “We're pretty well set at about 85 percent of our positions, but there are some competitions at some positions.”
Among the position battles is quarterback, where Clayton Bertrand and Tommy Bowden — who split snaps during 7-on-7 action over the summer – have continued to do so in preseason practices.
“They're both taking a lot of snaps and they've both had good days and so-so days, but no really bad days,” Maxfield said. “There's some great competitions at some positions that we feel like is making our team better. We've preached about players being unselfish a lot the last two weeks and so far they've responded pretty well. When their number has been called they jump in there, and if not they're helping their teammates.”
Other spots the coaches will be keeping a close eye on include outside linebacker, secondary and the offensive and defensive lines.
“We feel like we have better depth at some positions and then we need to develop depth at other positions, mostly up front on both sides of the ball,” Maxfield said. “Our ones and some two-way guys have stepped up, but we'd really like to fill those spots so that guys are just playing one way.”
As for as what Maxfield hopes the Lions display during the scrimmage, playing with effort is most important along with a firm grasp of the offensive and defensive schemes.
“The biggest thing is effort, but we feel like that's a given. Any time these guys put the Lion on their helmet you know it means a lot to them,” Maxfield said. “We also want to see that they know their alignment, know the call when the ball is snapped on offense, can make their reads on defense and that they finish every play.”
The Lions' second and final scrimmage will take place Thursday, Aug. 24 at Wichita Falls Rider.