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