Shane Mobley says he al-ready knows who his start-ers will be on Aug. 30 when Sweetwater opens the 2013 football season by traveling to Eastland.
But the second-year Mus-tang head coach said today’s final preseason scrimmage vs. San Angelo Lake View will help to decide who to have on the field when those players need a break.
“We want them to have the mentality to be able to play in the fourth quarter,” he said. “We’re looking at some players that will give our starters a breather. They need as much experi-ence as possible.”
Mobley said some start-ers may only be in for a few plays before being subbed out because of field location and offensive or defensive alignments the team uses. He said the Mustangs will show more variation in both areas for today’s scrimmage, which is scheduled to begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. at Mustang Bowl. Prior to the varsity scrimmage, the JV and freshman teams will have their final scrimmages at 5 p.m. at the Bowl.
The opening scrimmage last Friday in Wichita Falls helped coaches get a good look at all players against Hirschi by exposing them to game conditions, Mob-ley said. “We got to work on tackling, execution and stuff like that. This time we’ll still have that mentality, and get in kids that need reps.”
After running a controlled 15- and 10-play series, to-day’s scrimmage ends with a “live” 12-minute quarter that simulates a real game. “We’ve still got a long way to go, but we know where we’re at. We want to put them in situations that will challenge them,” Mobley said of his team.
After today’s scrimmage ends, fans are urged to stay in order to meet the players who will be introduced along with athletes in cross country, tennis and volleyball, who will be recognized by their respective coaches. The cheerleaders and band will also be present. Fans attending the scrimmage will be asked to participate in “Our Day To Shine” by making a donation, which will be used for the Texas High School Coaches Edu-cation Foundation to pay for athletes and coaches with special needs.
Meanwhile, Jake Free-man’s Roscoe Plowboys will hold their final scrimmage today vs. Hawley and Roby at 6 p.m. at Roscoe’s Plowboy Field.
Roscoe will kick off its 2013 season on Aug. 30 at DeLeon before returning to Plowboy Field on Sept. 6 for its home opener against Irion County.
Freeman took over as Roscoe’s head coach during the summer after serving as an assistant to Mobley this past season.
Highland and Blackwell play their final scrimmages on Friday. Blackwell begins its scrimmage at 9 a.m. at Hornet Field against Veri-best and Santa Anna, while Highland travels to Garden City for its two-way scrimmage at 6 p.m. with Garden City and Balmorhea.