As usual, the first scrimmage answers some of the coaches’ questions but also produces a few more.
“The scrimmage went about like I expected for us only working together for two weeks. We are forced at this point to be very basic on both sides of the ball,” said Beeville head coach Jimmie Mitchell.
The Trojan offense struggled against a tough Sinton defense on Friday on the artificial turf at Pirate Stadium. The passing game hooked up on occasion but not frequently enough. QB Kremers missed a few receivers, and the receivers dropped a few on-target throws from Kremers’ long left arm.
“We were pleased with the way Cameron threw the ball,” Mitchell said.
“We had a few drives stopped because of dropped passes.”
The Trojan defense played well in their second stint on the field and got after a much faster Pirate squad.
“We saw a lot of bright spots. Our number one defense in the second set of 12 plays held them scoreless; that’s something we can build on,” said Mitchell.
“Jacob Flores played well, as did Tanner Trevino on defense, but our tackling must improve.”
The Trojans host Orange Grove on Friday night and coach Mitchell hopes for continued improvement. The freshman and JV squads kick off the evening at 5 and 6 o’clock, respectively. The varsity will take the field at Veterans Memorial Stadium at about 7 p.m.
“We hope to execute a lot better in this second scrimmage. For the majority of our kids, last week’s scrimmage was their first varsity experience,” Mitchell said.
The Skidmore-Tynan Bobcats traveled to Yorktown in a three-way scrimmage with the Wildcats and Woodsboro Eagles.
“Overall, I was pretty pleased with our kids. The first scrimmage is usually one that you really don’t know until it’s over how it will go,” said head coach John Livas.
“Our kids came out and showed a lot of effort and no quit. These are things that you can’t coach, and it was great to see.”
The Bobcat offense moved the ball on the ground under their new Slot-T program.
“Offensively, we saw a lot of good things with a new system and a lot of guys learning new positions. Our offensive line did a great job allowing our backs to find a hole,” Livas said.
“I felt we moved the ball well; we had a few drives that stalled because of mental mistakes, but this is correctable.”
The defense also showed progress, but the coaches would like to see a little more sound tackling technique from the “D”.
The Bobcats host the Poth Pirates on Thursday night in their second scrimmage. The JV begins at 5 p.m. with the varsity taking over Bobcat Stadium at 6 o’clock.
The Pettus Eagles were also on the road against host Benavides and La Villa Cardinals.
“We showed improvement and significant growth in strength and team effort. We started this season making sure our boys understood the value of a total team effort, something we lacked last year due to all the changes and loss of seniors,” said head coach Dan Garza.
“We emphasized that everyone contributes and everyone’s best effort matters in all competition this year. I feel this was the most improved area seen in this scrimmage.”
The Eagle offense clicked for five touchdowns by three skill position players, John Constante, Anthony Mendoza and Josh Herrera.
“Our quarterback position is one that stood out as well, taking 6-foot, 235-pound Matt Gonzales from the starting offensive line position last year and moving him to quarterback. The move not only gave us a strong arm in our passing game but also added strength to the blocking/running we require our QB to undertake,” said Garza.
Defensively, the Eagles will count on improving play from everyone.
“We are finding improvements from sophomore Gilbert Chavez’s aggressive play,” the coach said.
Nose guard Seth Harris at 6-3 and 300 pounds is a load up front. Veteran senior Richard Gomez will be at defensive end along with 6-1, 220-pound sophomore Diego Delgado on the other side of the line.
“I feel a lot better after this year’s first scrimmage, and I am very proud of our players’ and coaches’ efforts,” Garza said.
The Eagles travel to Karnes City on Thursday evening to scrimmage the Badgers in their final scrimmage before starting the regular season on Aug. 30.