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Shane Mobley, who is beginning his second year as Sweetwaterâ€™s head football coach, says he will be looking for good execution when his Mustangs go to Wichita Falls today for their first of two scrimmages.
About 85 players will play in todayâ€™s scrimmage vs. Wichita Falls Hirschi at Memorial Stadium. The JV and freshmen will start it off about 6 p.m., with varsity players taking the field about one hour later.
â€śLast year, we were just teaching them how to run pass routes (on offense) and it was a real big change,â€ť said Mobley.
â€śThis year, weâ€™re much more comfortable with the spread offense. The receivers are running their routes, and weâ€™re putting together some different combinations.
â€śDefensively, we lost some key players so weâ€™ve got some open spots and weâ€™re going to look at several players. The main thing is I want them to tackle. Weâ€™ve worked a lot on tackling; weâ€™ve spent 15-20 minutes every day on it,â€ť said Mob-ley. â€śI want to see how our kids will execute in different situations.
â€śOur main thing is to go out and hit another team and to see what weâ€™ve got.â€ť
Wichita Falls Hirschi, despite a 2-8 record in 2012, â€śis pretty talented,â€ť Mobley said. â€śIt will be a pretty good test for our kids.â€ť
Mobley also plans to use several players at more than one position during todayâ€™s scrimmage.
With a varsity roster of 29-30 players, he said it will be important to stay healthy and maintain conditioning. â€śWeâ€™ve got to keep our skill players fresh,â€ť he said.
The varsity scrimmage will consist of 100 plays. The number one and number two units on both teams will run a 15-play series followed by a 10-play series starting at their 25-yard line, but under a controlled format with no kicking.
During a given series, the offensive unit will start over from their 25 if they fail to convert on a third-down play, unless they get into the â€śred zoneâ€ť â€” inside the other teamâ€™s 20, in which case they will go for it on fourth down. A clock will not be in use.