After two weeks of practices, Sweetwater’s football team finally gets to see how it will fare against outside competition when the Mustangs go to Lubbock Cooper today for their first scrimmage of the season.
Freshman and JV skirmishes will begin at 6 p.m., setting the stage for the varsity scrimmage at 7:30 p.m.
Sweetwater head coach Craig Slaughter said the format calls for the No. 1 units on offense and defense to get in 30 plays each tonight while the No. 2 units will run 20 plays apiece.
Slaughter admitted that the scrimmage will be a good test for his players because Lubbock Cooper is among the top Class 3A teams in Texas. “Our No. 1 goal is to see a different level of execution and play physical defense,” he said.
“We want out No. 1 unit to score. Lubbock Cooper will be an extremely good club, but we expect a good level of execution and intensity,” he continued.
“It will be very good preparation for when we start district play and give us an idea of what kind of competition we’ll see.”
Slaughter said his team is almost at full strength for the scrimmage, though two players are out until the regular season begins for disciplinary reasons. He also said that practices have gone well and the intense heat has not caused problems, noting “our trainers have done a great job.”
The team recently added two players to its roster, including Tadeo Canon-Masjoan, a junior who is a move-in from Argentina. He began on Wednesday and, Slaughter said, may provide a huge lift to Sweetwater’s kicking game with his strong leg. In addition, Albert Leija, who was forced to miss all of the 2010 season due to health concerns, has been cleared to play his senior season, the coach said.