Mustangs get 1st test Saturday at the Bowl

After leading his players through two weeks of prac-tices and a week in pads, Shane Mobley is eager to see how his players do when they get in some licks against outside competition.The first-year Sweetwater head football coach and his staff will finally get that chance Saturday, when the Mustangs host Wichita Falls Hirschi in their first of two preseason scrimmages.The teams have agreed to a controlled format for their skirmish at approximately 6 p.m. at Mustang Bowl. The junior varsity and freshman teams will also scrimmage Saturday starting at 5 p.m. After the varsity scrimmage, fans will be encouraged to hang around for a chance to “Meet the Mustangs” at 8 p.m. All football players and coaches, as well as athletes in the other fall sports, will be introduced at that time.Mobley hopes to have a better idea of his starters as well as his top backups after the scrimmage, which calls for the No. 1 and No. 2 offensive units to each run a 15-play series starting at their 30-yard line followed by a 12-play series for the first unit and a 10-play series for the second unit. “We just want to get out there and run plays against (Hirschi) and see how we do,” Mobley said. “I’m not looking to win a scrimmage. I want to see how our kids do in certain situations, and how they make adjustments. The big thing for me is for the kids to have fun, but at the same time we want them to go out and give 100 percent.”The team’s next compe-tition at the Bowl will be in the season opener Aug. 31 against Eastland.“We have two weeks to prepare and try to get everything sound,” Mobley said.Sweetwater is participating in “Our Day To Shine” on Saturday along with many other schools across the state. A $1 admission fee will be charged to help raise money for the Texas High School Coaches Education Foundation (THSCEF) Benevolence Fund, which was established to assist athletes and coaches with special needs or hardships.Roscoe and Blackwell, both of whom are looking for big improvement after managing just one win bet-ween them a year ago, will play their opening scrim-mages today. The Plowboys will entertain Haskell starting at 6 p.m., while Blackwell will travel to Hermleigh for its first scrimmage that is also scheduled to get under way at 6 p.m.Highland, which was 3-7 in 2001, will go to Jayton for its opening scrimmage at 10 a.m. Saturday. Ira and Newcastle are also expected to participate.