The first preseason football outing for the Stephenville Yellow Jackets was a 6-6 draw Friday night at home against Glen Rose, but head coach Greg Winder saw plenty of things he liked.
He was also pleased with what he didn’t see — injuries.
“That’s what you worry about,” said Winder, whose squad will stage its second and final scrimmage this Friday at Granbury (6:30 p.m.).
The two teams rotated offensive and defensive units, running 10 minutes each way as they continued for a little over an hour.
The Jackets scored on a 60-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Cole Stanley to senior tight end Zane Walker.
Winder speculated that the lack of energy could have stemmed from playing at Memorial Stadium for the first time this season, after having the first couple of weeks on their practice field at SHS.
“We had a walk-through this morning,” Winder said. “It’s just a change. We’ve got a lot of young ones. This opened their eyes a little bit.”
The Tigers scored first, also from long distance, when tight end Jess Niedziela hauled in a 40-yard pass thrown by quarterback Cam Griffin.
The Yellow Jackets had one score called back because of a penalty.
“I thought we came out early on and we played all right, but I was a little disappointed in our energy level,” Winder said. “Defensively, we (forced) some turnovers.”
Later in the scrimmage, the Tigers had a noticeable defensive surge.
“Offensively we were very vanilla. They started bringing the house,” Winder said. “We’ve got to protect (the quarterback) better. We’ve got a long way to go, and we know that.”
In the scrimmage at Granbury, the Jackets will rotate offensive and defensive units in and out once more, but will also play some with the scoreboard running for a limited time.
Stephenville, the favorite to win the District 5-4A Division I championship according to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine’s preseason edition, will open regular-season play on Friday, Aug. 31, at Argyle (7 p.m.).