Shane Mobley, who is beginning his second year as Sweetwater’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 today’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.
“Last year, we were just teaching them how to run pass routes (on offense) and it was a real big change,” said Mobley.
“This year, we’re much more comfortable with the spread offense. The receivers are running their routes, and we’re putting together some different combinations.
“Defensively, we lost some key players so we’ve got some open spots and we’re going to look at several players. The main thing is I want them to tackle. We’ve worked a lot on tackling; we’ve spent 15-20 minutes every day on it,” said Mob-ley. “I want to see how our kids will execute in different situations.
“Our main thing is to go out and hit another team and to see what we’ve got.”
Wichita Falls Hirschi, despite a 2-8 record in 2012, “is pretty talented,” Mobley said. “It will be a pretty good test for our kids.”
Mobley also plans to use several players at more than one position during today’s scrimmage.
With a varsity roster of 29-30 players, he said it will be important to stay healthy and maintain conditioning. “We’ve got to keep our skill players fresh,” 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 “red zone” — inside the other team’s 20, in which case they will go for it on fourth down. A clock will not be in use.